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Work and Welfare

Ways & Means Republicans Call on HHS to Halt Rulemaking that Violates Religious Freedom Protections and Exacerbates Nationwide Foster Home Shortage

November 30, 2023 — Blog

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the name of advancing the Biden Administration’s so-called “equity” agenda, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a proposed regulation that would violate religious freedom protections for foster parents and faith-based child welfare providers and exacerbate the nationwide shortage of foster homes, ...

Chairmen Smith, LaHood Demand Biden Administration Withdraw Rule That Sidesteps Congress and Weakens Recent Bipartisan Welfare Reforms

November 28, 2023 — Blog

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Biden Administration is overstepping statutory authority and attempting to legislate by way of regulation in a proposed rule that would make substantive changes to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, write Ways and Means Committee Chairmen Jason Smith (MO-08) and Work and Welfare ...

Five Key Moments From Work & Welfare Subcommittee Hearing on Measuring Poverty

October 25, 2023 — Blog

WASHINGTON – The Official Poverty Measure affects federal funding intended to help millions of families living in poverty through programs such as the Social Services Block Grant, child welfare programs, food stamps, energy assistance, school lunches, and Medicaid, among a slew of others. At a hearing of the Ways and Means Work & Welfare Subcommittee, witnesses testified ...

Chairman Smith Opening Statement – Hearing on Measuring Poverty

October 24, 2023 — Blog

As prepared for delivery.  "Thank you Chairman LaHood and Ranking Member Davis. "Today’s hearing is, on the surface, about an issue that might otherwise draw very little, if any attention from most Americans. A discussion over how the government chooses to define one of various metrics it uses to allocate resources is not ...

Six Key Moments from Work & Welfare Subcommittee Hearing on Child Welfare

October 04, 2023 — Blog

WASHINGTON – The complexity of financing for federal child welfare programs stands in the way of protecting vulnerable children, witnesses testified during a House Ways and Means Work & Welfare Subcommittee hearing on modernizing federal child welfare programs. The witnesses, several of whom administer child welfare programs, shared that severe ...