Smith Welfare Reform Bill Approved by Ways and Means Committee

May 24, 2018

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement after the House Ways and Means Committee voted to advance his welfare reform bill, H.R. 5861, the Jobs and Opportunity with Benefits and Services (JOBS) for Success Act, for consideration by the House of Representatives.

Congressman Smith said:

“A very common concern I hear while traveling the Third District is the challenge of finding qualified workers, which is no surprise given approximately 6 million jobs are going unfilled in our country right now. With tax reform strengthening our economy and incentivizing job creation, we need to help more Americans achieve independence by getting them off the sidelines and into the workforce. I thank my colleagues on the Ways and Means Committee for advancing my bill to promote economic opportunity and self-sufficiency for all Americans.”

H.R. 5861 reforms and reauthorizes the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program by refocusing its resources on households below 200% of the poverty line and making states accountable for program outcomes. 

Click here to view Rep. Smith’s opening statement.

Click here to read the bill.

Click here for the short summary.

Click here for the section-by-section summary.