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Senate Finance Committee Reviews Federal Programs Combating Poverty

Washington, DC
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on anti-poverty programs, looking specifically at Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or TANF. That program expires on September 30. It’s a block grant to states that replaced direct federal aid to those on welfare. Witnesses included Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution, who helped bring the program into existence as a House Republican Staff Director. 

Recent census data show that nearly 1 In 7 Americans are living below the poverty line. 

Updated: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 12:01pm (ET)

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