TANF, CCDBG Set to Expire Without Congressional Action

September 19, 2011 

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and the mandatory provisions of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) are set to expire on September 30, 2011 if Congress does not take action to extend the programs. NCSL strongly supports the reauthorization of TANF and related programs. NCSL also supports the reauthorization of the TANF Supplemental Grants, which expired earlier this year.

On September 15, Representative Geoff Davis (R-Ky.) introduced H.R. 2943, the “Short-Term TANF Extension Act”. The bill would extend the TANF program through December 31, 2011. H.R. 2943 does not mention the TANF Supplemental Grants, which expired on July 31, 2011. 17 states have received TANF Supplemental Grants: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah. For many of the recipient states, the grant funding comprises upwards of 10 percent of their overall TANF funding. Currently, there is no money or authorization for TANF Supplemental Grants.

TANF and related programs could be reauthorized either through stand-alone bills in each Congressional Chamber or through its inclusion in a larger Continuing Resolution (CR) that would include other federal programs. H.R.2943 is scheduled to be considered on the House floor on Wednesday, September 21. NCSL supports both H.R.2943 or extending TANF and related programs as part of a CR. Congress is considering a CR since they have not completed the appropriations process for FY 2012. 

To read a draft of H.R.2943, go here: http://thomas.loc.gov/home/thomas.php 

For further information, please contact either Sheri Steisel or Emily Wengrovius at NCSL’s Washington DC office at 202-624-5400.