Vice President for Family Income Support Policy
Time is running out for the highly successful subsidized jobs programs that states have created with the TANF Emergency Fund.
The House has voted twice to extend the fund, a 2009 Recovery Act program that will help place an estimated 240,000 low-income parents and youth in subsidized private- or public-sector jobs by its September 30 expiration. The costs of the House extensions were fully offset so they wouldn’t add a penny to the deficit. But in the Senate, an extension has been part of larger bills that have stalled due to conflicts over provisions unrelated to the fund. What happens if Congress fails to act before the fund expires?
To prepare, some programs have already stopped taking applications and making new job placements, and many more plan to do so in coming weeks. The negative impact of Congress’ inaction will be most evident in mid-September, when workers begin receiving their last paychecks.