Upcoming Ways and Means Committee markup on TANF bills

By Katie Spiker, May 10, 2016

On Wednesday, May 11th, the House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing to mark up a package of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) bills. The package includes a variety of proposals to update TANF that represent a compromise solution after an earlier discussion draft of legislation, on which NSC submitted comments, drew significant criticism from conservative members. Read further analysis on the discussion draft in NSC’s blog post here.

While NSC is supportive of the Ways and Means committee taking common sense steps to improve TANF, these efforts fail to address ongoing challenges in states seeking to improve training opportunities for TANF recipients.

NSC encourages the committee to bring TANF in line with the realities of the 21st century economy, ensuring TANF recipients have access to high quality education and training services that are aligned to meet the needs of local and regional industries. National Skills Coalition, in partnership with the Center on Law and Social Policy and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, released a fact sheet detailing sources of potential alignment between TANF and WIOA-funded programs.