In January 2006, after over three years of short-term extensions, Congress reauthorized the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant as part of the consolidated Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA). The legislative language that was incorporated into the DRA did not reflect the bipartisan welfare reauthorization bill that had been passed by the Senate Finance Committee, or even the bill that had been passed by the House Republicans. Many members of Congress did not have the opportunity to read the bill—let alone to debate and amend it—before they were required to vote on it.
Vicki Turetsky made this presentation about how realistic child support policies can ensure formerly incarcerated people successfully re-enter society.
This brief discusses new state flexibility under the Deficit Reduction Act to pass through more child support dollars to children who currently receive or formerly received welfare.
The United States lags behind many other nations that have enacted paid leave laws and promoted flexible scheduling. More needs to be done to ensure workplace flexibility for all U.S. workers—including low-wage workers, who are least likely to have access to these arrangements.
This brief describes government-business training partnerships that create career ladders and pathways for low-wage workers to improve their skills and get better jobs.
Reliable and stable child care helps parents retain steady employment and reduces workplace absenteeism. Working parents with affordable, dependable child care are less likely to face child care interruptions that can result in absences and other schedule disruptions in the workplace.
This brief explains why the Workforce Investment Act was serving progressively fewer low-income people in 2005.
This brief discusses how the child support program came to be used as a welfare cost recovery mechanism, the technicalities of assignment and distribution provisions, and the benefits—to families and government—of passing through child support payments directly to the family.
The 2005 Higher Education Act (HEA) provides an annual $56 billion in financial assistance to students, many of whom are adults, and is by far the largest single source of federal funds for workforce development.
This paper discusses how the federal child support program makes a difference for children, especially those who are low income.