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Berg Brings North Dakota Director of Economic Assistance Policy Carol Cartledge to Testify Before House Ways & Means Regarding North Dakota TANF Program

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Congressman Rick Berg today announced that Carol Cartledge, Director of Economic Assistance Policy Division of the North Dakota Department of Human Services, will testify tomorrow before the Subcommittee on Human Resources of the Committee on Ways and Means regarding North Dakota's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program.

"I've always said, Washington can learn a lot from North Dakota and that's why I'm so pleased that Carol will be joining us to share the way we do things in North Dakota with our committee," stated Berg. "I look forward to Carol's testimony, and sharing North Dakota's successes with the TANF program with the Ways and Means Committee."

The TANF program is a block grant to states for the purpose of paying cash welfare to needy families with children. As a condition of receiving federal funds, a state must contribute some of its own state funds toward assisting needy families, commonly referred to as a Maintenance of Effort (MOE) requirement. Additionally, states must ensure that a certain percentage of recipients are working or looking for work. Over time, it appears that these spending and work requirements for states may not be working as intended.

Tomorrow's hearing will review state TANF spending and its impact on work requirements. The hearing will take place on Thursday, May 17, 2012 in 1100 Longworth House Office Building, beginning at 2:00 p.m. EST.

Berg is a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources which has jurisdiction over the TANF program in the House.

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