Colleen Hanabusa on Welfare & Poverty
Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients.
- Prohibits any experimental pilot or demonstration project that: waives compliance with mandatory work requirements
- Rescinds and nullifies any such waiver granted before the enactment of this Act.
Proponent's Argument for voting Yes:
Rep. REICHERT: Congress must ensure that work continues to be the centerpiece of the TANF welfare program. We are here today debating the Obama administration's efforts to undermine work requirements. Bipartisan discussions were actually happening before the Obama administration announced they would waive work requirements for welfare recipients last summer. That announcement completely undermined bipartisan negotiations in our committee about ways to strengthen this program. Usually, if an administration wants to change the law, they must submit a legislative proposal for Congress to consider, but that's not what the Obama administration did with its proposal to waive the TANF work
Opponent's Argument for voting No:
- Rep. LEVIN: Last summer the administration proposed that states would be allowed to apply for waivers and have some flexibility in terms of the application of the work requirements--not the end of them or changing them, but the implementation of them. The idea that the administration is going to try to overturn welfare reform is ridiculous. States have to apply individually for waivers, and they have to explain in detail why the approach would lead to either more employment or better jobs for people who are trying to stay off welfare.
- Rep. NEAL: I chaired the Democratic position [on 1990s welfare reform]. One of the goals of welfare reform was to move unemployed Americans from welfare to work, and it did work. The legislation has been very successful in meeting that goal. Welfare reform put people back on the work rolls. Welfare rolls have dropped by half, & poverty amongst children has dropped as well.
Reference: Preserving the Welfare Work Requirement & TANF Extension Act;
; vote number 13-HV068
on Mar 13, 2013
Grants for faith-based groups to teach English.
Hanabusa co-sponsored SUCCEED Act
Congressional Summary: Strengthen and Unite Communities with Civics Education and English Development Act of 2011: Allows state leadership activities grants to be used to provide technical assistance to faith and community-based organizations desiring grants under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act:
- to disseminate information regarding integrated English literacy, US history, and civics education programs;
- to study the effectiveness of distance learning or self-study programs for English language learners;
- awards grants to states for integrated English literacy, US history, and civics education programs, with each state's grant amount tied to the size and growth of their recent immigrant population.
Sponsor's Press Release (Rep. Mike Honda):The SUCCEED Act helps new Americans integrate into the social and economic fabric of this country, through English language education and civics instruction. The SUCCEED Act makes grants available to states to establish New American Councils that bring together business, faith, civic, philanthropic, non-profit and education stakeholders to create and implement immigrant integration programs.
Source: H.R.1617 11-H1617 on Apr 15, 2011
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