S.802: Jobs and Opportunity with Benefits and Services for Success Act

Overview

Jobs and Opportunity with Benefits and Services for Success Act (S. 802) would make changes to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) work requirements for beneficiaries and state block grant rules.

This bill would require each State providing aid through TANF to create individualized “opportunity plans” for each beneficiary and impose strict work requirements on individuals with the penality of benefit cuts for noncompliance. Under current TANF rules, opportunity plans are optional under TANF, and states have broad discretion when deciding to reduce benefits for noncompliant individuals. The bill would order the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reduce block grants to states that do not meet annual performance targets related to the number of beneficiaries who exit the program and find unsubsidized employment. Additionally, S. 802 would eliminate programs providing supplemental grants for population increases, bonuses for high-performance states, and welfare-to-work grants.

The bill would increase funding for the child care entitlement program by $608 billion annually through 2024; however, this would be offset by eliminating the TANF Contingency Fund that provides additional grants to states that meet an economic need test.

Finally, the bill would rename TANF the Jobs and Opportunity with Benefits and Services (JOBS).

H.R. 1753 is the House companion bill introduced by Rep. Kevin Brady.

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Our Stance

Oppose

Priority

Medium

Bill Number

S.802

Date Introduced

March 14, 2019

Committee

Senate Finance Committee

Bill Status

Introduced or Prefiled