House and Senate Pass One-Year TANF Extension

Nov 30, 2010

By Elizabeth Lower-Basch

The House today approved a bill that extends the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant through Sept. 30, 2011.  Before heading out of town for Thanksgiving, the Senate unanimously passed the measure.  It will now be sent to President Obama for his signature.

Unfortunately, this extension does not include the TANF Emergency Fund, which assisted states that increased spending on subsidized jobs, basic assistance and short-term benefits during fiscal years 2009 and 2010.  Reps. Sander Levin and Jim McDermott said they favored extending the emergency fund during their floor speeches and Sen. Richard Durbin said he would advocate for it during a meeting today at the White House meeting on Bush-era tax cuts.

TANF was scheduled to be reauthorized by Sept. 30, 2010, but because Congress did not address it the measure required a short-term extension. The one-year extension ensures the program will operate without interruption through the end of FY 2011.

More information on the 2011 TANF Extension >>.

More information on TANF Reauthorization >>.

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