House Takes Piecemeal Approach to TANF Reauthorization
In June, the House passed the Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (H.R. 5170). The bill would redirect $100 million in fiscal year (FY) 2017 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) contingency funds to provide payments to states and local governments for projects that produce agreed upon outcomes and result in social benefit. It also extends TANF and related programs at current levels through FY 2017; these programs are set to expire September 30, 2016.
In addition to H.R. 5170, several other TANF bills have been approved by the House Ways and Means Committee. While the committee hasn’t moved forward with a comprehensive TANF reauthorization, all of these measures have bipartisan support.