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MARKUP: Ways and Means Committee to Hold Markup Wednesday

March 14, 2016 — Markup    — Press Releases   

What: Full Committee on Ways and Means Markup

Where: 1100 Longworth House Office Building

When: Wednesday, March 16 at 3:00 PM EDT

Live stream available here.

The Committee will consider the following:
H.R. 4472, Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act
Sponsored by Rep. Todd Young (R-IN) and Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL)

  • Most states currently use an antiquated paper-based case processing system to place foster children with relatives, other foster parents, or adoptive families across state lines. This bill requires states to implement the National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise, or NEICE, which would reduce the amount of time it takes for foster children to be placed in a better environment. The bill also provides up to $5 million in set aside funds from an existing discretionary account to reimburse states at a higher rate for one year so states can more quickly transition to NEICE, saving foster children, on average, a month and half of wait time.

H.R. 4722, Prevent Abuse in the Refundable Child Tax Credit by Requiring a Social Security Number
Sponsored by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX)

  • Currently, the child tax credit requires only an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (or ITIN) for taxpayers claiming the credit. In contrast, taxpayers claiming the earned income tax credit are required to provide a valid Social Security Number. This proposal would add a Social Security Number requirement with respect to the refundable portion of the child tax credit. This policy saves $4.8 billion over two¬†years.

H.R. 4723, Recover Improper Obamacare Subsidy Overpayments
Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)

  • This policy recovers improper Obamacare subsidy overpayments from taxpayers who underreported their incomes to the IRS. Under this proposal, all individuals who receive improper Obamacare exchange subsidies they are not entitled to will be required to repay the full amount of overpayments. This policy saves $8.7 billion over two years.

H.R. 4724, End the Duplicative Social Services Block Grant (SSBG)
Sponsored by Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX)

  • SSBG is a $1.7 billion per year no-strings-attached slush fund for states with no accountability. Ending this program saves $3.0 billion over two years and continues efforts to focus limited taxpayers dollars on¬†outcomes, not inputs, of welfare programs to ensure they are effectively helping low-income families.