Bill introduced to reform Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) and 10 co-sponsors introduced the Rewriting to Improve and Secure an Exit Out of Poverty Act (RISE Act; H.R. 3573), an overhaul of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Block Grant (TANF).  Major proposed reforms include increasing state block grants and indexing them annually for inflation, providing new funding for child care and subsidized employment, mandating guaranteed child care for all work-eligible parents, and requiring states to provide benefit levels that meet basic family needs.  The bill would revamp work requirements to support education and training, and allow people with disabilities and family caregivers to participate in a modified plan of work or job preparation.  The bill also would enhance screening for disabilities, and require detailed annual reporting on beneficiaries with disabilities.

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