Senate Extends TANF Program

Senator Max Baucus ,D-MT, speaks to reporters before a cloture vote on the Defense Authorization Bill September 21, 2010 in the US Capitol in Washington, DC.

Senators approved a bill today “to extend aid for low-income American families through the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program (TANF),” according to a press release from the office of Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT).  The Finance Committee has jurisdiction over the program.

TANF provides safety-net assistance to American families with dependent children in the form of job training and job search support, child care and transportation in addition to other services that help people transition back to work.


The TANF program is funded by flexible block grants provided to states by the federal government.  Each state receives a predetermined portion of the total funding budgeted every year and can use that money to fund a range of work opportunity programs including job training and job search assistance, child care, and early teen social services.

It’s a one-year extension.

(credit image – daylife/getty)

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