By: Nikki Rhoads
Step 1: Recognizing the Problem/ Setting the Agenda
Step 2: Formulating the Policy
Step 3: Adopting the Policy
Passage of Legislation
The TANF program was introduced June 27, 1996 and was sponsored by Rep. John R. Kasich. The two committees that were associated with this legislation was both the house - budget and the senate - budget. This was passed by The House on July 18, 1996 and passed by The Senate on July 23, 1996. From the major votes being recorded, the differences were resolved on July 31, 1996 and was finally agreed on by both on August 1, 1996. This program that had many revisions made towards it was passed by the 104th United States Congress, and was then signed into law by President Bill Clinton on August 22, 1996 and become Public Law No: 104-193.
Step 4: Implementing the Policy
Step 5: Evaluating the Policy
On the other hand, a lot of people still see the TANF as a failure these days and see it abused a lot by people that don't need it. The people that are mainly suppose to benefit from the TANF program is poor families with children and there are a higher percent of those families that aren't supported through the TANF. For example, in 1996 only 28 percent of poor families with children, but since then, the percentage reached 74 percent in 2011. The number of poor families had declined when the TANF program was signed in 1996, but it started increasing again in 2000 and has been growing. Yet there are fewer and fewer families that can rely on welfare to help them get by when they fall into poverty. The program aslo failed to keep up with the unemployment, doubling between the years 2007 and 2009. Looking for ways to improve this policy, the government might look for state funds that can be used to help assist some of the families outside of the TANF formation, and look for a way to provide the increase of child care funding that will need to meet the wok requirements while not having to reduce child care funding for the low-income families that are working and possibly look over the possible impact of the TANF program dealing with the DRA’s cuts in funding for child support enforcement. So if you really think about it, the TANF in some cases is supported, but in other cases it isn't so heavily supported because not everyone in the world is gonna be able to agree on the same thing.
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