TANF Waivers Back in the News

Trying to keep up with the flurry of activity in recent weeks on immigration reform and WIA reauthorization is hard enough, (the House held a hearing on their WIA bill this past Tuesday, which I wasn’t able to catch), but another issue that I think has potential impact on adult education is the continuing controversy over the Obama adminstration’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) waiver proposal, which I wrote about last July when the policy was announced.

The House Ways and Means Committee is hold a hearing this morning on the policy, which Republicans say guts welfare’s work requirement. My view has been that allowing states more flexibility on how they adminster TANF could potentially lead to improved acccess to educational opportunities for TANF recipients.

Here’s the opening statement from today’s hearing from Human Resources Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA).