Third District Congressman Adrian Smith says the House Ways and Means Committee has moved his Jobs For Success Act to the floor for debate.
The legislation attempts to reform the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program by refocusing the program’s resources on getting households below 200% of the poverty line off welfare and back to work.
Smith says the bill also holds states accountable for use of the federal money they receive for the program.
Smith says,” We have found reports states have used TANF dollars to plug budget gaps. And I know it is hard to balance state budgets too, but I think targeting these dollars and expecting states to be effective with the money, that is a “win-win” situation no matter what party or state you happen to represent.”
Smith says the emphasis of his bill is to fill the jobs gap at a time when the economy is strong and there is plenty of work available.