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Work and Welfare

Chairman Smith Opening Statement: Hearing on TANF Non-Assistance Programs

July 12, 2023 — Opening Statements

As prepared for delivery. "Thank you Chairman LaHood and Ranking Member Davis for holding this hearing about how Congress can strengthen the non-direct assistance side of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, or TANF, to lift more Americans out of poverty and protect the taxpayers who fund the program. "I’d ...

Work & Welfare Subcommittee Chairman LaHood Opening Statement – Hearing on TANF Non-Assistance Programs

July 12, 2023 — Opening Statements

As prepared for delivery. "My name is Darin LaHood and I represent Illinois’ 16th District, covering much of the central and northwestern parts of the state.   "Republicans secured a major victory by strengthening work requirements in the direct cash assistance portion of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program as part of the Fiscal ...

Ways and Means Republicans Demand Answers on Welfare Fraud in Mississippi Scandal Involving Millions in Misspent Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Funds

June 16, 2023 — Oversight

In a new letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (MO-08), joined by Work and Welfare Subcommittee Chairman Darin LaHood (IL-16) and Ways and Means Committee Republicans, called for improved oversight from the Biden Administration within the TANF program after reports exposed massive fraud in Mississippi. Flexibilities in the ...

Chairman Smith: “Help Wanted” Signs in Store Windows Are Small Business’s Cry for Relief in Biden Economy

June 02, 2023 — Bidenflation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Signs reading “Going Out of Business” may soon begin appearing up and down main streets across America, as small businesses are increasingly preparing for a recession. For more than two years, small businesses have faced multiple crises that have left them with fewer workers, smaller inventories, and less income, whether it is ...

Chairman Smith Applauds Bipartisan Passage of the Protecting Taxpayers and Victims of Unemployment Fraud Act

May 11, 2023 — Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (MO-08) released the following statement applauding bipartisan passage of H.R. 1163, the Protecting Taxpayers and Victims of Unemployment Fraud Act – legislation to recover fraudulent unemployment payments, improve program integrity to prevent future fraud, and give states the tools needed to prosecute the ...

Chairman Smith on the House Floor: H.R. 1163, the Protecting Taxpayers and Victims of Unemployment Fraud Act

May 11, 2023 — Floor Statements

As prepared for delivery. "This crucial legislation will finally protect taxpayers and victims of fraud against the largest theft of tax dollars in American history. "Americans are suffering under a cost-of-living crisis, fueled by Democrats’ reckless spending. It has brought us to the brink of recession and spurred the highest increase in interest rates in 16 years. It must be ...

What They Are Saying: Protecting Taxpayers and Victims of Unemployment Fraud Act

May 11, 2023 — Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 60 stakeholders from across the country including small business groups, state and local industry associations, government waste watchdogs, state Attorneys General, and other national organizations are coming out in support of the Protecting Taxpayers and Victims of Unemployment Fraud Act (H.R. 1163). The bill ...