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house Bill H.R. 2940

Should the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program be Extended Through September 2019?

Argument in favor

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program helps needy families with children ensure their children’s welfare. While the program is imperfect, letting its funding lapse would be disastrous for those who rely on its benefits to help feed their children.

Linda 's Opinion
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06/02/2019
Yes I'd rather take care of the families then build an ego wall
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Katie's Opinion
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06/02/2019
Please give federal funding to those who need it most. This program supports families who make the modest of monthly wages. Any rhetoric around folks abusing this system consistently and living on it for years is misinformed, misguided, and more than likely propagandic. Do people abuse the system? Yes. Does it happen more often than not? No.
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06/03/2019
Needy families have been stretched in so many ways yet we watch big businesses continue to reap tax breaks and rarely pass any benefit on to workers. The least you can do now is continue TANF.
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Argument opposed

The TANF program is dysfunctional in its current form and needs to be fixed to ensure it can meet its aims. Rather than simply extending funding for the program, Congress should take time before the end of June to consider how to improve the program to meet its aims.

Gregg 's Opinion
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06/02/2019
Privatize the program stop abuse and help people find work!
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Gopin2020's Opinion
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06/03/2019
Fully fund and Build that Wall. Put people to work and off of welfare. #MAGA
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JTJ's Opinion
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06/03/2019
Welfare is greatly abused and not an appropriate function of the federal government. States should manage their own programs.
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    Yes I'd rather take care of the families then build an ego wall
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    Privatize the program stop abuse and help people find work!
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    Please give federal funding to those who need it most. This program supports families who make the modest of monthly wages. Any rhetoric around folks abusing this system consistently and living on it for years is misinformed, misguided, and more than likely propagandic. Do people abuse the system? Yes. Does it happen more often than not? No.
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    Needy families have been stretched in so many ways yet we watch big businesses continue to reap tax breaks and rarely pass any benefit on to workers. The least you can do now is continue TANF.
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    Even people who work need assistance. There is no need for children to be hungry or homeless! There but for the grace of god go I ...an expression some should become familiar with...
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    Fully fund and Build that Wall. Put people to work and off of welfare. #MAGA
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    We waste more in a day then some have in a year Feed, clothe and house the needy It will be returned 10 thousand times 10 thousand for all the biblically inclined Yep Look that up in your good book
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    This grant is beneficial when administered correctly.
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    Welfare is greatly abused and not an appropriate function of the federal government. States should manage their own programs.
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    The neediest in our country are generally being ignored...
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    I'm in favor of a "Leave no person behind" philosophy. If I could trust the Congress to legislate an alternative to TANF and if, I could trust the Administration to not simply dis-regard that legislation, I might come to a different conclusion. Can this program be abused? Sure. But is this more costly than abuses by large Investment firms, for example, which gladly pay million dollar fines, for their multi-million dollar crimes? - That is if they happen to get caught. We cannot and should never consider leaving innocent children to suffer- they have done nothing wrong. They should never be tagged as lower-class people in a class-less society,
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    How the smallest and most vulnerable are treated is an indicator for the success of a society. It is the right thing to do!
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    Hang On Everyone with Your Negative Comments...do you know anyone who has suffered Flooding? Crazy Firestorms? How about a Tornado or Hurricane? Well, I want my fellow Countrymen taken care of when they’re in need. That’s what this is about along with other specific programs for temporary housing etc given the nature of the Need.
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    Yes just because the yam in charge hates poor people doesn’t mean we should all punish them. Further Ebt cards are generally only given to folks who are working. Class discrimination is so hmm 1958
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    Of course. Children need food and a home
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    It should be extended indefinitely.
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    When working people have difficulty just meeting basic needs, they need all the help they can get.
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    My 12 year old ask me how kids going to eat. Our president is cold hearted. End quote
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    I’m just so aggrieved to think this important program is at risk.
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    If you even had a clue how little relief these programs offer the poor and how low - I mean LOW their income has to be to qualify for help you would shut your stupid ignorant mouths and stop blaming the poor for ripping off the government . The government and corporations are the thieves that should concern you.
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