Brady, Smith on Policies Included in Continuing Resolution to Strengthen Families and Communities

Feb 6, 2018 Issues: Budget, Ways & Means

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Human Resources Subcommittee Chairman Adrian Smith (R-NE) issued the following statement after House Republicans introduced a continuing resolution that includes proposals to strengthen families and communities.

“As our economy continues to grow stronger, Ways and Means has been focused on providing real help to Americans as they lift themselves out of poverty and into prosperity,” Chairmen Brady and Smith said. “This legislation advances commonsense proposals that will do just that – strengthening families and communities and ensuring our nation’s children have their own opportunities to succeed as they get older. We appreciate Reps. Buchanan and Walorski for their leadership and determination on policies that will improve so many lives across America. There is still a lot of work to do – including reauthorizing the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. But this legislation is an important step.”   

Background

The CR includes a number of proposals that have passed out of the House through regular order. These items include, but are not limited to policies contained in the following bills:

•    H.R. 5456, the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016, sponsored by Rep. Buchanan (R-FL) and Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI). This legislation, which has been passed by the House twice, strengthens families by providing upfront evidence-based prevention services to all children at risk of coming into foster care. The proposal is supported by over 500 child welfare organizations.

•    H.R. 576, the Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act, sponsored by Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN). The legislation, which has already been passed by the House, supports innovative and effective social programs that deliver real results. It also provides for a one-year extension of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, whose authorization expired at the end of FY 2016, and has been temporarily extended since then.