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Work and Welfare

In Chicago, Witnesses Highlight the Power of Work to Lift People Out of Poverty

April 12, 2024 — Blog

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – Inside the nation’s oldest faith-based homeless shelter, witnesses shared how work made possible their journey from poverty to self-sufficiency during a Ways and Means Subcommittee on Work and Welfare hearing on Tuesday. The hearing made Congressional history as the first hearing held in a homeless shelter by a House ...

Ways and Means Members Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Child Support Enforcement for States and Tribes

April 11, 2024 — Press Releases

This week, Ways and Means Republican Kevin Hern (R-OK) introduced legislation along with co-sponsors Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL), Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ), Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA), Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), and Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), called the Strengthening State and Tribal Child Support Enforcement Act, to avert changes in an Internal Revenue Service ...

Chairman Smith, LaHood Call for HHS Watchdog to Investigate Border Crisis Harming U.S. Foster Care System

March 05, 2024 — Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (MO-08), joined by Work and Welfare Subcommittee Chairman Darin LaHood (IL-16), called for the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) to launch an investigation into how the influx of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) crossing the southwest border may be ...

Three Key Moments from Hearing on Supporting Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

January 20, 2024 — Blog

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At the Ways and Means Work and Welfare Subcommittee hearing on supporting youth aging out of foster care, members heard testimony about the challenges foster youth in America face as they transition into adulthood and ways to improve federal child welfare programs. Every year, around 19,000 foster youth age out of the foster care ...