H.R.4 - Personal Responsibility, Work and Family Promotion Act of 2003

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Wednesday, February 12, 2003.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY VOICE VOTE, on Thursday, February 13, 2003.
MANAGERS: PRYCE/SLAUGHTER
108th Congress
1st Session

H.R. 4 - Personal Responsibility, Work, and Family Promotion Act of 2003

1. Modified closed rule.

2. Provides two hours of general debate, with 50 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and Means, 40 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.

4. Provides that the bill shall be considered as read for amendment.

5. Makes in order those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution, which may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, and shall be subject to amendment.

6. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report, except that the adoption of an amendment in the nature of a substitute shall constitute the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment.

7. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

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RESOLUTION

Resolved, That at any time after the adoption of this resolution the Speaker may, pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule XVIII, declare the House resolved into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4) to reauthorize and improve the program of block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy families, improve access to quality child care, and for other purposes. The first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. General debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed two hours, with 50 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and Means, 40 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. The bill shall be considered as read. No amendment to the bill shall be in order except those printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution. Each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, and shall not be subject to amendment. All points of order against such amendments are waived except that the adoption of an amendment in the nature of a substitute shall constitute the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment. At the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the Committee shall rise and report the bill to the House with such amendment as may have been adopted. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

--------- SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER
(Summaries derived from information provided by amendment sponsor.)

1. Kucinich/Lee/McGovern/Lantos - Amendment in the nature of a substitute. Adds poverty reduction as a purpose of TANF and provides states with a poverty reduction bonus. Increases the block grant by inflation. Maintains current work requirements. Removes the cap on the number of recipients who can pursue vocational education. Lifts the time limit on education to give recipients an opportunity to earn a degree. Provides $20 billion for the Child Care Development Block Grant. Requires states to address barriers to work, including domestic violence, by providing for trained caseworkers to screen recipients. Restores eligibility to immigrants. (40 minutes)

2. Cardin/Kind/Woolsey - Amendment in the nature of a substitute. Expands state flexibility to provide training and education to welfare recipients (such activities would count for up to 24 months against a state's participation requirement). Increases to 70% the number of welfare recipients that are required to be engaged in work-related activities (including education and training). Provides states with an employment credit that would reduce a state's participation requirement according to the number of welfare recipients that have left welfare for work over the last six months. Maintains the current-law requirement on total participation hours (30 per week with a State option to go higher) with a requirement that 24 hours be in core activities. Maintains the current 20-hour requirement for mothers. Maintains the current five-year time limit on TANF benefits. Increases mandatory funding for child care by $11 billion over the next five years and increases TANF for inflation. Removes various barriers to serving legal immigrants, including the current ban on states providing federally-funded TANF benefits to immigrant families. Includes reducing poverty and increasing self-sufficiency as a new purpose of the TANF program and provides financial bonuses to states reducing child poverty. (40 minutes)

TEXT OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER (.pdf)

1. Kucinich/Lee/McGovern/Lantos
2. Cardin/Kind/Woolsey