Worker & Family Support

The Worker & Family Support  Subcommittee authorizes and oversees a range of critical supports for workers, children, and families. Specifically, the Subcommittee oversees

  • the federal-state unemployment insurance program, which provides earned benefits to workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own;
  • the child support enforcement program, which collects support for children from non-custodial parents;
  • the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, which provides flexible funds to states for the purpose of providing income support and other assistance to move parents from welfare to work;
  • the Child Care Entitlement, which provides part of the federal support for child care assistance;
  • the Social Services Block Grant, which provides $1.7 billion a year in flexible funds for a wide range of state-provided social services ranging from child care to Meals on Wheels, and is the largest source of federal funding for child and adult protective services;
  • foster care and other services provided to help abused or neglected children become safe at home or move into permanent families via adoption or guardianship;
  • the Supplemental Security Income program (SSI), which provides modest income support to very poor seniors and severely disabled children and adults; and
  • the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV), which funds evidence based home visiting services to improve maternal and child health and development.

Recent Activity

Apr 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (D-CT), and Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny K.

Apr 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – This morning, the Ways & Means Committee passed H.R. 1759, the Building on Reemployment Improvements to Deliver Good Employment for Workers (BRIDGE for Workers) Act, legislation that ensures that states would be able to use reemployment service grants to serve all workers receiving earned unemployment benefits who need them.

Mar 7, 2019 Press Release

(As prepared for delivery)

Every day across America, parents, grandparents, and people of all colors and backgrounds – rural, urban, and suburban – get up in the morning and work hard to make better lives for their families. Despite their differences, these individuals encounter many of the same obstacles. 

Feb 28, 2019 Press Release

House Ways and Means Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis announced today that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing, titled “Leveling the Playing Field for Working Families: Challenges and Opportunities,” on Thursday, March 7th, at 2 PM, in room 2020 Rayburn House Office Building.

Jan 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) and Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s decision to allow foster care entities to allow foster care placement agencies to discriminate using federal funds:



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Danny Davis
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Democratic Members

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Terri Sewell
Alabama ~ 07
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Judy Chu
California ~ 27
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Gwen Moore
Wisconsin ~ 04
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Dwight Evans
Pennsylvania ~ 03
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Stephanie Murphy
Florida ~ 07
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Jimmy Gomez
California ~ 34

Ranking Member

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Jackie Walorski
Indiana ~ 02

Republican Members

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Brad Wenstrup
Ohio ~ 02
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Ron Estes
Kansas ~ 04
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Tom Reed
New York ~ 23