ABOUT:

 

The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support shall include bills and matters referred to the Committee on Ways and Means that relate to the public assistance provisions of the Social Security Act, including temporary assistance for needy families, child care, child and family services, child support, foster care, adoption, supplemental security income, social services, eligibility of welfare recipients for food stamps, and low-income energy assistance. More specifically, the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support shall include bills and matters relating to titles I, IV, VI, X, XIV, XVI, XVII, XX and related provisions of titles VII and XI of the Social Security Act.

 

The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support shall also include bills and matters referred to the Committee on Ways and Means that relate to the Federal-State system of unemployment compensation, and the financing thereof, including the programs for extended and emergency benefits.  More specifically, the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support shall also include all bills and matters pertaining to the programs of unemployment compensation under titles III, IX and XII of the Social Security Act, Chapters 23 and 23A of the Internal Revenue Code, and the Federal-State Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970, and provisions relating thereto.

 

Source: “Rules of the Committee on Ways and Means”

 

What We are Working On:

Paid Family Leave: 

 

DISCUSSION DRAFT – Protecting Worker Paychecks and Family Choice Act – Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)

  • CLICK HERE for the Press Release
  • CLICK HERE for a one-page summary
  • CLICK HERE for a section-by-section summary
  • CLICK HERE to for the full discussion draft text
  • CLICK HERE for information on the Hearing on “Universal Paid Leave and Guaranteed Access to Child Care,” May 27, 2021
  • CLICK HERE watch the Hearing on “In Their Own Words: Paid Leave, Child Care, and an Economy that Failed Women,” April 21, 2021

 

TANF:

 

H.R. 4509 – Jobs and Opportunity with Benefits and Services Act – Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)

  • CLICK HERE for the Press Release.
  • CLICK HERE to watch the Republican Roundtable “Building on Welfare Reform’s Success,” July 20, 2021
  • CICK HERE for a Summary of the Republican Roundtable “Building on Welfare Reform’s Success,” July 20, 2021
  • CLICK HERE for the Bill Text.
  • CLICK HERE for the Section-by-Section Summary.

 

The Ways and Means Committee knows the reauthorization of TANF is key to helping close the jobs gap. The Jobs and Opportunity with Benefits and Services (JOBS) for Success Act:

 

  • Extends the program for five years, as well as child care and related programs;
  • Ensures no one gets ignored or is left on the sidelines, by requiring states to engage with every individual;
  • Measures work outcomes to hold states accountable for the intended purpose of the program;
  • Limits the use of funds to families who truly need it the most by requiring monthly income to be below 200% of the poverty level;
  • Focuses on work and activities that lead to work, ultimately creating the building blocks for people’s success; and
  • Renames the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to Jobs and Opportunity with Benefits and Services (JOBS), to underscore our commitment to these reforms.

 

Unemployment Insurance:

 

H.R. 2188 – Reopening America by Supporting Workers and Businesses Act of 2021 – Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)

  • CLICK HERE for the Press Release
  • CLICK HERE for the Bill Text
  • CLICK HERE for the Section-by-Section Summary
  • CLICK HERE for information on the Republican Meeting on Opening America with Main Street Businesses.
  • CLICK HERE to watch the Republican Meeting on Opening America with Main Street Businesses.

 

H.R. 3268 – Combatting COVID Unemployment Fraud Act of 2021 – Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)

  • CLICK HERE for a one-page summary.
  • CLICK HERE for a section-by-section summary.
  • CLICK HERE for bill text.
  • CLICK HERE to watch the Republican Meeting – $60 Billion and Counting: Consequences of Unchecked Pandemic Unemployment Fraud
  • CLICK HERE for the Press Release

 

 H.R. 3154 – BRIDGE for Workers Act of 2021 – Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL)

 

Child Welfare:

 

H.R. 7947 – Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act – Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN)

 

Child Care:

 

Blogs and press releases on Child Care:

 

July 28, 2020: Child Care is Too Important for Dems to Politicize: Blog

June 16, 2020: Reed, Local Leaders Call Out Cuomo For Hoarding CARES Relief Funds to Child Care Facilities: Blog

 

 

Blogs and press releases on Unemployment Insurance:

 

December 21, 2020: Explainer: Extending and Phasing Out COVID Unemployment Support Responsibly: Blog

December 9, 2020: Main Street’s Message to Congress: We Need Help Finding Workers: Blog

November 16, 2020: The Way Forward on Unemployment: Stop Criminals from Diverting Billions Away from Unemployed American Workers: Blog

 October 15, 200: Unemployed Workers Abandoned by House Democrats, Continue to Receive Relief Through Trump Administration: Blog

September 1, 2020: Unemployment Benefits Update: 41 States Approved for FEMA’s Lost Wages Assistance Program: Blog

August 14, 2020: How It Works: Paying the Unemployed Through President Trump’s Executive Order: Blog

July 22, 2020: Experts Agree Extending the $600/week Unemployment Benefits is Bad for America’s Economic Recovery: Blog

July 17, 2020: Return to Work Bonus Helping Americans Reconnect to Jobs in Idaho: Blog

July 9, 2020: Brady Provision Providing Relief to Non-Profits Passes House: Press Release

June 12, 2020: ICYMI- AP: Idaho Offers $1,500 Bonus for People to Return to Work: ICYMI

June 8, 2020: After May Jobs Surprise, Back-to-Work Bonus Would Ensure Continued Growth: Blog

June 3, 2020: Brady’s Return to Work Bonus Proposal Gains Steam: Blog

May 29, 2020: Getting Back to Work: A Guide for Employers and Employees Frequently Asked Questions about Unemployment Insurance (UI) as the Economy Reopens: FAQ

April 30, 2020: CARES Act Unemployment Benefits: Highlights from DOL FAQs on Work Search and Job Refusal: Blog

March 30, 2020: CARES Act: Unemployment Insurance Questions Answered: Blog

March 25, 2020: CARES Act: Unemployment: Blog

 

 

Most Recent Hearings:

 

June 20, 2021: Building on Welfare Reform’s Success in Lifting Americans Out of Poverty – Rather Than Move Backward

CLICK HERE to watch the hearing.

 

May 27, 2021: Universal Paid Leave and Guaranteed Access to Child Care

CLICK HERE to watch the hearing.

 

May 12, 2021: Hearing on Making a Difference for Families and Foster Youth

CLICK HERE to watch the hearing.

 

April 21, 2021: In Their Own Words: Paid Leave, Child Care, and an Economy that Failed Women

CLICK HERE to watch the hearing.

 

March 10, 2021: Hearing on Health Profession Opportunity Grants; Past Successes and Future Uses

 CLICK HERE to watch the hearing.

 

February 10, 2021: Markup of the American Rescue Plan Act

CLICK HERE to watch the markup.

 

June 23, 2020: Hearing on the Child Care Crisis and the Coronavirus Pandemic

Walorski Opening Statement at Subcommittee Hearing on The  Child Care Crisis and the Coronavirus Pandemic

CLICK HERE to watch the hearing.

 

March 11, 2020: Hearing on Combatting Child Poverty in America

Walorski Opening Statement at Subcommittee Hearing on Combatting Child Poverty in America.

CLICK HERE to watch the hearing.

 

January 28, 2020: Hearing on Legislative Proposals for Paid Family and Medical Leave

  • Brady Opening Statement at Full Committee Hearing on Legislative Proposals for Paid Family and Medical Leave
  • Reps. Brady and Walorski oped: Build on the momentum for paid leave: ICYMI.

 

CLICK HERE to watch the hearing.

 

Related Blogs and Press Releases:

 

February 10, 2021: Crush COVID, Reopen the Economy, but Dems Say No: Blog

February 5, 2021: Bipartisan Consensus: Biden’s Stimulus Proposal Needs More Targeting: Blog

 December 21, 2020: Q&A Economic Impact Payments: Blog

December 21, 2020: House Republican Provisions in the 2020 Year-End Legislation: Blog

September 29, 2020: WSJ: Household Wealth Rose in Years Before Pandemic, Fed Says: Blog

September 17, 2020: WSJ Editorial: The Higher Wages of Growth: Blog

August 7, 2020: Ways and Means Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Provide Emergency Support for Foster Youth and Child Welfare Services: Press Release

June 1, 2020: Brady Introduces Return To Work Bonus Legislation: Press Release

May 29, 2020: Brady Discusses Return to Work Bonus Proposal on Squawk Box: Blog

May 18, 2020: Important Read on How Congress Should Help Americans Return to Work: ICYMI

May 12, 2020: Paid Leave/Unemployment Insurance Provisions in Democrats’ Recipe for a Prolonged Recession: Blog

April 15, 2020: More Good News: SSI Recipients Will Receive Automatic CARES Act Payments: Blog

April 2, 2020: More Flexibility for Small Business on Coronavirus Paid Leave: Blog

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