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Davis Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Child Welfare Bill and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Extension

September 21, 2011

Human Resources Subcommittee Chairman Geoff Davis (R-KY) issued the following statement today after House passage of the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act (H.R. 2883) and the Short-Term Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Extension Act (H.R. 2943):
“The Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act, which I introduced with Ranking Member Lloyd Doggett (D-TX),  continues a tradition of bipartisanship in crafting child welfare legislation. H.R. 2883 reauthorizes two important child welfare programs without adding to the deficit, and incorporates improvements to ensure that children can safely remain with their own parents or be supported by other caring adults. This bill renews child welfare waiver authority allowing States to test new ways of serving children at risk of abuse and neglect, and also establishes a process to create child welfare data standards so all States are speaking the same language. I applaud my colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee for reporting companion legislation to the Senate yesterday, and I look forward to action by the full Senate soon.”
“The Short-Term TANF Extension Act (H.R. 2943) continues the TANF program at current spending levels, and it will provide Congress with further opportunity to review TANF alongside other entitlement programs this fall and determine how can they best be focused on engaging more low-income parents in work and other productive activities. I look forward to working with my colleagues to design a long-term reauthorization bill that further promotes work and independence from welfare.”