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108th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 367 To amend part A of title IV of the Social Security Act to reauthorize and improve the temporary assistance to needy families program, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES February 12, 2003 Mr. Rockefeller introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend part A of title IV of the Social Security Act to reauthorize and improve the temporary assistance to needy families program, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS; AMENDMENTS TO SOCIAL SECURITY ACT. (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act Amendments of 2003''. (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents of this Act is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents; amendments to Social Security Act. Sec. 2. Findings. TITLE I--FUNDING Sec. 101. Reauthorization and annual adjustment of State family assistance grants. Sec. 102. Contingency fund. Sec. 103. Bonus for reduction of child poverty. Sec. 104. Reauthorization of other grants. Sec. 105. Restoration of funding for the Social Services Block Grant. Sec. 106. Repeal of Federal loans for State welfare programs. Sec. 107. GAO reports on TANF funding and expenditures. TITLE II--SUPPORTING WORK Sec. 201. Making work pay. Sec. 202. Increase in guaranteed funding for child care. Sec. 203. Parents as scholars program. Sec. 204. Elimination of recipients completing secondary school from limit on number of TANF recipients participating in vocational educational training. Sec. 205. Vocational training and other preemployment activities. Sec. 206. State option to credit months engaged in work or parents as scholars program for purposes of 5-year assistance limit. Sec. 207. Innovative Business Link partnership for employers and nonprofit organizations. TITLE III--SUPPORTING FAMILIES Sec. 301. Elimination of separate work participation rate for 2-parent families. Sec. 302. Ban on imposition of stricter eligibility criteria for 2- parent families. Sec. 303. Family formation fund. Sec. 304. Ensuring child well-being. Sec. 305. Funding for families assisted by a territory program. TITLE IV--STATE FLEXIBILITY Sec. 401. Pathway to self-sufficiency grants to improve coordination of assistance for low-income families. Sec. 402. State option to offer wage subsidies. Sec. 403. Exclusion of victims of domestic violence from 20 percent limitation on hardship exception. Sec. 404. Clarification of authority of States to use TANF funds carried over from prior years to provide TANF benefits and services. Sec. 405. Continuation of prewelfare reform waivers. Sec. 406. State option to align foster care and adoption assistance eligibility with TANF eligibility. Sec. 407. Promoting work and responsibility among all families with children. Sec. 408. Authority to transfer TANF funds to carry out an access to jobs project or a reverse commute project. TITLE V--HEALTHY CHILDREN Sec. 501. Revision and simplification of the transitional medical assistance program (TMA). Sec. 502. Optional coverage of legal immigrants under the medicaid program and title XXI. Sec. 503. Second chance homes. TITLE VI--PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY Sec. 601. Public availability of State program and financial data submissions. Sec. 602. Study and guidelines regarding compliance with nondiscrimination provisions. Sec. 603. Ensuring TANF funds are not used to displace public employees; application of workplace laws to welfare recipients. Sec. 604. Research and development. Sec. 605. GAO study on impact of ban on SSI benefits for legal immigrants. Sec. 606. Grants to improve States' policies and procedures for assisting individuals with barriers to work. Sec. 607. Ensuring a professional TANF program staff. TITLE VII--EFFECTIVE DATE Sec. 701. Effective date. (c) Amendments to Social Security Act.--Except as otherwise specifically provided, whenever in this Act an amendment is expressed in terms of an amendment to or repeal of a section or other provision, the reference shall be considered to be made to that section or other provision of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 301 et seq.). SEC. 2. FINDINGS. Congress makes the following findings: (1) The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-193; 110 Stat. 2105) was a fundamental change to reform the Federal welfare system to shift it from an entitlement program into a transition program to help families move from welfare to work and personal responsibility. (2) Since enactment of the 1996 welfare reform law, welfare cash assistance caseloads have dropped dramatically, by nearly 50 percent, and approximately \2/3\ of welfare recipients who have left the cash assistance rolls have left for work. (3) Another sign of reform and progress is that funding has shifted from providing monthly cash assistance for parents to stay at home to over \1/2\ of the funding targeted to pay for work supports, such as child care, transportation, job placement, limited job training, or other priorities. (4) More investments in quality child care will allow parents to enter and continue in the workforce knowing that their children have access to safe, meaningful child care, hopefully with emphasis on child development and preparation to ensure that each child gains the skills needed to enter school ready to learn. (5) While families are moving from welfare to work, and employment rates are up, many families struggle in low-wage jobs and have trouble getting promised supports such as medicaid, child care, food stamps, and other supports available under programs intended to help families. (6) Child poverty rates are improving, but more must be done to reduce poverty in the 2,000,000 families who are still struggling. (7) Parents who remain on the welfare caseloads face multiple barriers to employment and therefore need a range of services to address their needs and move from welfare to work. (8) Children deserve to be raised in supportive homes, preferably with 2 loving parents. It is crucial to end policies that discriminate against serving 2-parent families within the welfare system. It is also important to support innovative programs to encourage full participation in child support and child rearing by noncustodial parents. (9) Welfare reform has been successful because it has been a flexible partnership between the Federal Government and the States, and retaining the partnership and flexibility will be important for the future. (10) The State agencies responsible for administering the temporary assistance to needy families program have had to assume many new and more complex responsibilities which necessitates improving and upgrading the skills and ability of the workers at those agencies to ensure high quality service delivery and meet all program goals. (11) Studies indicate disparate racial treatment in the implementation of the temporary assistance to needy families program with respect to determining eligibility for assistance under the program, disseminating information, providing referral for services, and imposing sanctions for non-compliance with program requirements. TITLE I--FUNDING SEC. 101. REAUTHORIZATION AND ANNUAL ADJUSTMENT OF STATE FAMILY ASSISTANCE GRANTS. (a) In General.--Section 403(a)(1) is amended (42 U.S.C. 603(a)(1))-- (1) in subparagraph (A), by striking ``1996'' and all that follows through ``2002'' and inserting ``2004 through 2008''; (2) by redesignating subparagraph (E) as subparagraph (I); (3) by redesignating subparagraphs (B) through (D) as subparagraphs (C) through (E), respectively; (4) in subparagraph (C), as so redesignated-- (A) in the heading, by striking ``State'' and inserting ``Base state''; and (B) by striking ``As used in this part, the term `State family assistance grant' means'' and inserting ``Subject to subparagraph (F), as used in this part, the term `base State family assistance grant' means''; (5) by inserting after subparagraph (A), the following: ``(B) State family assistance grant defined.--As used in this part, the term `State family assistance grant' means the sum of-- ``(i) the base State family assistance grant; and ``(ii) the annual adjustment amount.''; (6) by inserting after subparagraph (E), as redesignated by paragraph (3), the following: ``(F) Update of base for certain states.-- ``(i) In general.--With respect to a base State family assistance grant made for any of fiscal years 2004 through 2008, in the case of a State that meets the criteria described in clause (ii) or (iii), subject to clause (v), the amount of the base State family assistance grant determined under this paragraph for that State for such a fiscal year shall be increased by the applicable amount described in clause (iv) for that fiscal year. ``(ii) Receipt of supplemental grant for fiscal year 2002.--For purposes of clause (i), the criteria described in this clause is that a State received a supplemental grant under paragraph (3) for fiscal year 2002 (as in effect with respect to such fiscal year). ``(iii) State basic tanf grant per poor person is below national average.--For purposes of clause (i), the criteria described in this clause is that, with respect to a State and a fiscal year, the State basic TANF grant per poor person for the immediately preceding fiscal year is less than the national average State basic TANF grant per poor person for such preceding fiscal year. ``(iv) Applicable amount.-- ``(I) All qualifying states.--For purposes of clause (i), the applicable amount described in this clause is the amount equal to 2.5 percent of the sum of-- ``(aa) the amount required to be paid to the State under former section 403 (as in effect during fiscal year 1994); and ``(bb) the amount (if any) paid to the State under paragraph (3) for fiscal year 2002 (as in effect with respect to such fiscal year). ``(II) Original qualifying states.--In the case of a State that meets the criteria described in clause (ii), the amount determined under subclause (I) for a fiscal year shall be further increased by the amount described in item (bb) of that subclause. ``(v) Preservation of update.--In the case of a State that fails to meet the criteria described in clause (iii) for a fiscal year but that did satisfy such criteria for a prior fiscal year, the amount of the base State family assistance grant determined under this paragraph for that State for such a fiscal year shall be increased by the amount determined for the State under clause (iv)(I) for the most recent fiscal year for which the State satisfied such criteria. ``(vi) Definitions.--In this subparagraph: ``(I) State basic tanf grant per poor person.--The term `State basic TANF grant per poor person' means, with respect to a State and a preceding fiscal year-- ``(aa) the base State family assistance grant for the State (as defined under subparagraph (C) and, if applicable, increased under this subparagraph); divided by ``(bb) the number of individuals, according to the 2000 Census Supplementary Survey, who were residents of the State and whose income does not exceed the poverty line. ``(II) National average state basic
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