Representatives Ryan, Renacci, and Tiberi Introduce Bill to Help Ohioans Move from Welfare to Work

Jul 10, 2015 Issues: Helping Working Families

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH), and U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH)  announced today that they have introduced the Preparing More Welfare Recipients for Work Act (H.R. 2991). This bipartisan legislation was introduced to strengthen the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF) and would encourage states to engage more recipients in activities that lead to self-sufficiency, as well as simplify the current work participation requirement each state must meet.

“We know that it is important to give a hand-up to needy families here in our state and across the nation, and this legislation takes steps to strengthen a program that is already helping so many. Providing expanded opportunities for job training, vocational and secondary education and extended time for job searches are common sense solutions that will help those most in need in our communities lift themselves out of poverty,” says Ryan.

“States need flexibility to help welfare recipients become self-sufficient.  Current TANF work requirements can discourage states from engaging those with the least experience or education because they need greater help to prepare for employment.  Our bill simplifies these rules so states will be encouraged, and rewarded, for helping more welfare recipients prepare for work through education, find jobs, and escape poverty.  As the first in my family to graduate college, I understand the importance and value of education throughout all aspects of life.  While our effort is to help recipients get back to work, we also need to enable them to gain the skills required for success,” says Renacci

“These commonsense reforms streamline and simplify complicated work requirements, leading to higher enrollment in work or job training programs. Providing families more options and a wider variety of tools to become self-sufficient will lead to longer term success. I’ve been a longtime advocate for TANF and anticipate working with my colleagues to improve the program,” says Tiberi.

Rep. Jim Renacci (OH-16) and Rep. Pat Tiberi (OH-12) sit on the House Ways & Means Committee.  Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13) sits on the House Appropriations Committee.