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    This page contains letters signed by elected officials, usually written to the President or relevant members of Congress.

00-NGA21 on Apr 27, 2000

Letter: a letter to Congressional leaders from 4 Governors:
Source: National Governor's Association letter to Congress
With reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program just around the corner, the nation’s Governors want to express our appreciation for your continued efforts in support of maintaining the fundamental flexibility and funding levels within TANF that are so critical to our efforts to reform the nation’s welfare system.

Governors are proud of the remarkable change and the level of state innovation that has taken place throughout the country as a result of the 1996 welfare reform law. Not only have welfare caseloads dropped dramatically, close to 50% nationwide, but more individuals are going to work and a greater number of families are becoming self-sufficient. Perhaps even more remarkable is the transition of the welfare system from one of cash payments to one of encouraging work and personal responsibility. Welfare offices are being transformed from check-cutting offices to comprehensive employment and support centers. Former eligibility workers are taking on new responsibilities as mentors and job counselors.

None of this would have been possible, of course, without the flexibility and level of funding that was guaranteed in the TANF block grant. TANF provides states the flexibility to spend “welfare” funds on programs for low-income families far beyond basic cash assistance. [We attach an outline of reform examples] of programs that states are currently operating with their federal TANF and state maintenance-of-effort funds. While this is by no means a comprehensive list of all the programs currently in operation, it should give you a sense of the historic shift in culture that has taken place in state welfare agencies. In addition, we encourage you to get in touch with the Governor and state officials in your own state to find out more about their TANF programs.

We believe very strongly that states are moving in the right direction. We look forward to working with you as we move towards TANF reauthorization.


  • Topic: Welfare & Poverty
  • Headline: Maintain TANF block grants

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  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 00-NGA21

Parris Glendening s1aMD Former Democratic Governor (1995-2002) 
James Hunt s1aNC00 Former Democrat Governor (1993-2000) 



Republicans participating in 00-NGA21



Independents participating in 00-NGA21

Mike Huckabee s1aAR Former GOP Governor (1996-2006); Pres. candidate (2008) 
Mike Leavitt s1aUS Cabinet-2008 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 2
Republicans: 0
Independents: 2


















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