NASW Asks for Support of TANF Bill 2277

August 11, 2011

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Supplemental Grants were fully funded for the first two quarters for federal fiscal year 2011 and partially funded for the third quarter. There is no funding for the last quarter of the fiscal year. Congress created the Supplemental Grants as part of the 1996 welfare law in order to provide additional funds to two groups of states potentially disadvantaged by the TANF block grant formula: states that historically had relatively small welfare benefits (most of which are poorer-than-average states) and states with high population growth. Funding for the TANF Supplemental Grants is not included in the TANF baseline so funding needs to be reallocated every year. This is the first year since the TANF Block Grant was created that the Supplemental Grants have not been fully funded. If the funding is not forthcoming for the remainder of the fiscal year, that may be a signal that they will not be funded at all for next year.

Rep. Doggett (TX-25) introduced legislation (H.R. 2277) to prevent the expiration of federal funding designed to protect vulnerable Americans by reducing disparities between the States in the amount of Federal funding provided under the TANF program. Without action on this issue, states stand to lose more than $3 billion over the next ten years. The loss of these grants would place at risk a range of vital services, including efforts to ensure that children are cared for in their homes, child care assistance for working parents, and job training and other employment services for low-income individuals.

NASW cares about TANF and the Supplemental Grants because they serve vulnerable populations and help pull families out of poverty. Multiple states will be without much needed funds if this legislation does not pass. NASW believes that all states should have the funds they need to meet the needs of the TANF population.

Editors Note: TANF was a joke when it was passed in 1996. Here were its goals.

1. Provide assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives.

2. End the dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage.

3. Prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and establish annual numerical goals for preventing and reducing the incidence of these pregnancies.

4. Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.

All it did was stop millions of needy families from receiving benefits while the poverty rate remained unchanged. Still, it’s the program needy families have to live with. I suggest you contact your representative and ask them to support House Resolution 2277.

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One Response to NASW Asks for Support of TANF Bill 2277

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    Jolly RogerNo Gravatar says:

    But it’s all good, as long as we don’t ask Paris Hilton to part with any of her unearned coke money. Cuz that would be COMMANISM, dont’cha know.

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