H.R.2842 – Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act

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H.R.2842 – Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act

Brief

The bill is the latest version of welfare to work. It targets recipients of Temporary Assistance for needy families with the aim of helping to keep them going as they build or rebuild their lives.

To that end –

‘The Secretary shall make grants to States to conduct demonstration projects designed to implement and evaluate strategies that provide wage subsidies to enable low-income individuals to enter into and retain employment.’

The Secretary shall require each State that applies for a grant under this subsection to:

“(A) Describe how wage subsidies will be provided (such as whether paid directly to the employer or the individual), the duration of the subsidies, the amount of the subsidies, the structure of the subsidies, and how employers will be recruited to participate in the subsidized employment program.

“(B) Describe how the State expects those participating in subsidized employment to be able to retain employment after the subsidy ends.

“(C) Describe how the State will coordinate subsidized employment funded under this subsection with other efforts to help low-income individuals enter work as conducted by the State.

Federal funds so used with respect to the recipient may not exceed 50 percent of the amount of the wages received by the recipient during the period.

A State to which a grant is made under this subsection shall ensure that no participant in a subsidized job program funded in whole or in part under this subsection is employed or assigned to a job under the program—

“(i) when any other individual is on layoff from the same or any substantially equivalent job; or

“(ii) if the employer has terminated the employment of any regular employee or otherwise caused an involuntary reduction of its workforce in order to fill the vacancy so created with an adult described in the bill.

(Full text of H.R. 2842 at congress.gov)

Sponsor:  Rep. Curbelo, Carlos [R-FL-26] (Introduced 06/08/2017)Status:

VOTES and FLOOR ACTION

HOUSE

On Passage: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 377 – 34 (Roll no. 322).

House Amendments:

An amendment, offered by Ms. Foxx, numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-187 to encourage better coordination with state workforce development efforts and adds to the reporting requirements in Section 5 to describe efforts by the State to ensure nondisplacement and establish grievance procedures On agreeing to the Foxx amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

n amendment, offered by Mr. Bost, numbered 2 printed in House Report 115-187 to ensure that states include in their applications how they will use the funds to help individuals who have been displaced or relocated from a public housing authority to an alternative public housing facility or placed on rental assistance. On agreeing to the Bost amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

An amendment, offered by Ms. Bonamici, numbered 3 printed in House Report 115-187 to require states to coordinate the subsidized employment program authorized in the bill with other federal workforce development programs, including the Federal Work Study Program. On agreeing to the Bonamici amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

An amendment, offered by Mr. Krishnamoorthi, numbered 4 printed in House Report 115-187 to require states to report on the number of individuals who are in a career that matches their training. On agreeing to the Krishnamoorthi amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 380 – 32 (Roll no. 320).

An amendment, offered by Mr. Davidson, numbered 5 printed in House Report 115-187 to direct states to include in their end of the fiscal year report the number of recipients who received additional federal or state means-tested benefits during their subsidized employment On agreeing to the Davidson amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 264 – 147 (Roll no. 321).

An amendment, offered by Mr. Khanna, numbered 6 printed in House Report 115-187 to direct HHS to measure the effect of training and credentialing in its evaluation to the public and recommendations to Congress. On agreeing to the Khanna amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

An amendment, offered by Mr. Kilmer, numbered 7 printed in House Report 115-187 to require the Secretary to address employment-related challenges in rural areas and among members of federally recognized Indian tribes in the recommendations provided to Congress On agreeing to the Kilmer amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

 

 

 

 

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SENATE

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COST AND IMPACT

Cost to the taxpayers:  Data not available

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Data not available

Regulatory and Other Impact: Data not available

Dynamic Scoring:   Data not available

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:  Data not available

Duplication of programs: Data not available

Direct Rule-Making:  Data not available

Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.

 

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