H.R. 5861: Jobs and Opportunity with Benefits and Services for Success Act


H.R. 5861 extends the program for five years and limits the use of funds to families with monthly income below 200 percent of the federal poverty level;
Authorizes TANF at its current funding levels through FY 2023, but does not include an inflation adjustment;
Increases child care funding by 21 percent to $3.5 billion annually, and allows up to 50 percent of states’ allocations to be transferred to the Child Care and Development fund, child welfare (up to 10 percent), and workforce programs under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Would eliminate the current authority for states to transfer funds to the Social Services Block Grant;
Includes a provision requiring all work-eligible beneficiaries to work or participate in job training or community services, instead of the current 50 percent;
Requires each state to create a state plan, which must include information on how states will allow for a transitional benefit period for individuals who approach the TANF phase-out “cliff.” It also changes the way states are measured by eliminating workforce participation as the measure of success, which may allow more flexibility in how states measure employment success. However, states that fail to meet program targets may face federal funding reductions.

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Bill Number

H.R. 5861

Date Introduced

May 17, 2018


House Ways and Means Committee

Bill Status

Out of Committee

Assigned Contact

Brandon Toth
Director of Public Policy
National Human Services Assembly
1101 14th Street Northwest
Washington DC , 20005