Vote Explanation for H.R. 2842 — Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act

H.R. 2842, the Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act, establishes a new grant program for states to create subsidized employment demonstration projects for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). It does so by redirecting $100 million from the TANF Contingency Fund.

TANF’s overall purpose is to “increase the flexibility of states” to meet four goals: (1) provide assistance to needy families so that children may remain in their homes; (2) reduce dependency of needy parents on government benefits through work, job preparation, and marriage; (3) reduce out-of-wedlock pregnancies; and (4) promote the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.

States that apply for this new grant program would have to include a description of how subsidies will be provided, how they expect participating adults to retain employment after the subsidy ends, and how the state will coordinate the project with other low-income assistance programs.

Both Democrats and Republicans support research-based strategies to help low-income families get better jobs to support themselves and their families. In fact, both President Bush and President Obama pushed for similar proposals in order to ensure that low income parents find and maintain quality jobs that will help them to transition out of poverty.

While our economy has recovered significantly since the 2008 Recession, too many people are still struggling to make ends meet and find work. That is why I voted for this legislation, which passed the House with strong bipartisan support, to help millions of Americans across the country climb out of poverty.