Knowing Your Government: Congress Introduces Responsible Fatherhood Bill

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    Senators Schumer And Alexander Hold News Conference On Inaugural PlanningDemocratic Senator Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana and Republican Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma introduced on Thursday the Protecting Adoption and Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Act of 2013.

    It was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means,  in addition to the Committees on Education and the Workforce, Energy and Commerce, and Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

    “This bill would also provide protection to families going through the adoption process by preventing a father who did not register his interest from disrupting the placement of a child into a loving family.”

    Why: To amend title IV of the Social Security Act to ensure funding for grants to promote responsible fatherhood and strengthen low-income families, and for other purposes.

    The Purpose and Method:

    Sec. 101. State assessments of barriers to employment and financial support of children.

    Sec. 102. Grants to States to conduct demonstration projects to promote economic opportunity for low-income parents.

    Sec. 103. Healthy marriage promotion and responsible fatherhood programs.

    Sec. 104. Elimination of separate TANF work participation rate for 2-parent families.

    Sec. 105. Ban on recovery of Medicaid costs for births.

    Sec. 106. Improved collection and distribution of child support.

    Sec. 107. Collection of child support under the supplemental nutrition assistance program.

    Sec. 108. Grants supporting healthy family partnerships for domestic violence intervention and preventions.

    Sec. 109. Procedures to address domestic violence.

    The end goal is to  Increase in credit percentage under earned income tax credit for eligible individuals with no qualifying children.

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