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house Bill H.R. 430

Should the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program Be Funded Thru June 2019?

Argument in favor

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides critical funding to states’ anti-poverty efforts. It helps ensure that families in poverty with children can meet their children’s basic needs.

Ken's Opinion
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01/14/2019
It seems as though there is a systematic attempt by some to eliminate the needy not by helping to lift them out of poverty but to send them deeper into hopelessness. If someone is hungry and they ask for a fish do we throw them a rock?
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Hope's Opinion
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01/14/2019
We have a moral obligation to help care for those who cannot care for themselves.
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verymary's Opinion
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01/14/2019
They're the least of these. We don't have the right to abandon them.
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Argument opposed

The TANF program is not successful at lifting families out of poverty and needs to be rethought if it’s to be an effective poverty reduction tool. Short-term reauthorizations of the program’s funding also create uncertainty for states, making it difficult to plan for the program.

JTJ's Opinion
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01/14/2019
Stop taxing the crap out of people and redistributing it according to the governments socialist whims. The states are qualified deal with their own social problems.
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eliyak's Opinion
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01/14/2019
It's another misnamed federal program which keeps people poor. Make a real effort to reform it, or replace it with non-profits that actually know how to help people.
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TuckerWantsLiberty's Opinion
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01/14/2019
This is not "Should we have compassion on the poor?". The United States government does not have this money, which means this is "Should we borrow Saudi blood money and money that China has stolen from its poorest citizens, to give to our poor, knowing that Americans who haven't been born yet will have to pay that money back, with interest?" I say no. That's not a good deal. That's not a moral act.
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    It seems as though there is a systematic attempt by some to eliminate the needy not by helping to lift them out of poverty but to send them deeper into hopelessness. If someone is hungry and they ask for a fish do we throw them a rock?
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    Stop taxing the crap out of people and redistributing it according to the governments socialist whims. The states are qualified deal with their own social problems.
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    We have a moral obligation to help care for those who cannot care for themselves.
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    They're the least of these. We don't have the right to abandon them.
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    Yes, we are talking about families and children and their lives and their future. We spend over 3/4 of a trillion dollars for military and want to divert billions from disaster relief to build walls while our people, our Neighbors and children go hungry. What kind of people are we if we don’t support the needy? Why have we as a nation become so heartless😢?
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    Open our government. No funding for a wall.
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    Trump and his Trumputins have been after the food, housing, medical and other assistance programs since they have come into power. The current Trump initiated government shutdown is a harmful effort to further demean middle class Americans while the Republicans stand idly by in silence. Open the government, challenge the administration’s lies, and govern for ALL the people. Do not fund HIS wall.
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    Yes!!
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    If you call yourself a kind and caring person who Loves others, Then yes please fund this program. I happen to believe this is a moral obligation to others.
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    ...or longer...
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    It's another misnamed federal program which keeps people poor. Make a real effort to reform it, or replace it with non-profits that actually know how to help people.
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    Those who qualify for TANF fall 150% below the Federal Poverty Level. The TANF grant is for the children of the household (third-trimester to 18) and is not much money. In Arkansas, each eligible family member only received $82 per month. Since Welfare Reform during the Clinton administration,1992, TANF participants are also required to work. It is one of the more successful social programs within our Federal Government and provides supplemental services as long as the parent or guardian of a child is working. It is a stepping stone towards self sufficiency, is time-limited and is vital for families that fall below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level; therefore funding should be extended.
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    This is not "Should we have compassion on the poor?". The United States government does not have this money, which means this is "Should we borrow Saudi blood money and money that China has stolen from its poorest citizens, to give to our poor, knowing that Americans who haven't been born yet will have to pay that money back, with interest?" I say no. That's not a good deal. That's not a moral act.
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    There is no reason to cut support for needy families, especially those with children. A nation without compassion is a truly desperate place.
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    Ignore this, All and Any Business until Congress passes a complete budget. Do your jobs for the first time since before Obama. No short, or stop gap spending. Work with President Trump, and Get Our Businescs done.
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    I spent many years working FULL-TIME as a teacher with a Bachelor's degree but my pay in Missouri was so low and I had two children to feed, that I qualified for food stamps. If I had not had that assistance, I would have died of starvation. Even one or two weeks without food can kill. Feed the people!! Congress is getting paid big bucks!
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    It’s time Congress starts actually thinking about & taking steps to ensure people in America are have the necessities of life: food, shelter & clothing any way that can help.
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    Yes, and it better be or you will have hell to pay in 2020.
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    They need to keep hammering the president and McConnell with bills that will keep the entire government open without giving the president funding for the stupid wall. Force the senate to veto the president’s veto.
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    I can accept the fact that people disagree. But, if you don’t want your taxes to assist the poor, stop saying you want a nation based on Christian values. Because you don’t.
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