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Senator Santorum Praises Senate Passage of TANF Reauthorization

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Senator Santorum Praises Senate Passage of TANF Reauthorization

Provision Included in the Deficit Reduction Omnibus Reconciliation Act

U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, today announced Senate passage of the Deficit Reduction Omnibus Reconciliation Act, which includes provisions that reauthorize Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and provides funding for the promotion of healthy marriage and fatherhood.

For the past three years, Senator Santorum has tirelessly worked to move forward on the reauthorization of TANF.

"I believe the 1996 welfare reform law is one of the great legislative successes during my time here in the U.S. Senate. I am pleased that we have passed a reauthorization which will continue to build upon the successes of previously enacted welfare reform," said Senator Santorum. "I appreciate the hard work of my colleagues in the House and Senate to ensure the reauthorization of TANF. This will allow millions of Americans, and thousands of Pennsylvanians, to replace dependency on government with the dignity and opportunity of work."

Specifically, the conference report:

· Reauthorizes the welfare program through fiscal year 2010 at its current funding level of $16.9 billion annually.

· Provides an additional $1 billion for childcare over five years for a total of $2.917 billion annually.

· Provides $100 million annually for healthy marriage promotion, and $50 million annually for the promotion of responsible fatherhood.

· Updates work participation rates to the more relevant date of 2005, ensuring that the intent of the 1996 welfare reform act that at least half of all welfare recipients engage in work activities is realized.

· Does not change the current work requirements and maintains the current-law activities that count as work.

· Includes provisions that increase states' ability to improve child support collection.

· Allows $423 million owed to families on welfare and those who have left welfare to go directly to those families - a significant improvement over current law.

· Provides $100 million for grants to ensure that the safety, permanence and well-being needs of children are met in a timely manner through the child welfare system.

· Increases the Safe and Stable Families program to $200 million for community-based family support services for family preservation services, family reunification services, and adoption promotion.

Since the bill's enactment, welfare caseloads have been cut in half, more than 7 million individuals and 2 million families have exchanged a welfare check for a paycheck, and welfare reform has lifted 2.3 million children out of poverty.

The Deficit Reduction Omnibus Reconciliation Act also provides $100 million annually for healthy marriage promotion, and $50 million annually for the promotion of responsible fatherhood.

"Children growing up in married, two-parent homes are less likely to be victims of abuse, engage in high-risk behaviors, and suffer from emotional problems -- the studies are overwhelming. Therefore it is important that we communicate the value of the role of families and fatherhood in our society," said Senator Santorum. "This important funding will create opportunities to strengthen families through various programs which support marriage and responsible fatherhood."

"Welfare reform and promoting healthy families are two issues extremely close to my heart," said Senator Santorum. "Throughout my service in the U.S. Senate, I have worked to implement programs designed to decrease the hardships that far too many Americans endure. I think the reconciliation bill as it relates to welfare reform is a step in the right direction, and I remain committed to ensuring that work remains a gateway to opportunity for all Americans."

Senator Santorum has worked in a bipartisan fashion over the last two Congresses on important anti-poverty initiatives. Welfare reform reauthorization is part of the Senate Anti-Poverty Agenda that Senator Santorum helped unveil earlier this year. For more information on the Anti-Poverty Agenda, please visit .

http://santorum.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressOffice.View&ContentRecord_id=1587&Region_id=0&Issue_id=0

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