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Reauthorization of TANF and Related Programs:
An NCC Issues and Actions Guide for Advocates

Earlier Action Alerts

In 2005 ...

In 2004 ...

  • October 1, 2004: Congress Gives TANF a "Clean" Extension Through March 2005

    Many thanks to all of you who contacted your Senators.  On September 30, 2004, both the House and the Senate passed clean extensions of the current TANF program through March 2005.  This means that we now have some time to build support for a five-year reauthorization of the program in the new Congress, including the changes advocated by the faith community.  The measure passed by the House last year (HR 4) will die with the adjournment of the current Congress, as will the measure reported by the Senate Finance Committee.

  • September 29, 2004, Action Alert: Call Your Senators Immediately!

Please call your Senators immediately and urge them to support a "clean" extension of TANF and reject all efforts to amend the program in a piecemeal fashion. They should vote before the end of September 30. You can find your Senators' phone numbers on their websites at  The current extension of TANF ends September 30, so Congress has to take some sort of action very quickly.

The House extension proposal calls for a "clean" extension (n amendments to the current program) for six months, through March 31, 2005. The assumption is that this extension will allow time for a new Congress to consider legislation for a full five-year reauthorization when it convenes in January.

In the Senate, Senators Santorum (R-PA) and Bayh (D-IN) have introduced a six-month extension plan that calls for $300 million in marriage promotion funds to be added to the program but does not deal with any of the changes supported by the faith groups.

The faith community has sent a letter to the Senate urging them to pass a "clean" extension, making no changes in the current program unless they are willing to address also the issues of child care, job training, and child well-being, among others.

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