FreedomWorks Statement on Proposed TANF Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In response to the Senate Finance Committee’s proposal to reauthorize the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks President, commented:

“The Committee’s proposal was woefully inadequate and would be a step backwards in the fight to institute accountable work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients. The proposal includes sections that would make it easier for states to game the system so they can still receive federal aid without engaging TANF recipients in the workforce.

“Lawmakers should instead look towards embodying a more accountable approach that emphasizes the dignity of work, which will ensure the dollars the federal government spends on TANF actually go towards lifting Americans out of poverty and into sustainable careers.

“This approach is embodied in the JOBS Act, introduced by Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.). The JOBS Act would extend TANF funding, while implementing common sense reforms that direct funds towards only truly needy Americans, and reforms that make it easy to track the progress and success of TANF recipients. This will make sure every taxpayer dollar spent on this program is used to maximum effectiveness.”