Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act (H.R. 2883) by a vote of 395-25. This bill is the same as S. 1542, which passed the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday. It reauthorizes IV-B of the Social Security Act, making moderate changes to that section of the law and altering funding levels slightly. It also reinstates the authority for states to apply for waivers of IV-E regulations. Now that the committees of oversight in both houses have supported the bill and it has passed the House, the full Senate is expected to take up the legislation some time next week.
The House also passed legislation extending the authorization for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program yesterday. The Short-Term TANF Extension Act (H.R. 2943) authorizes TANF state block grants, which were set to expire next week, through December 31, 2011. It does not, however, extend the authorization for TANF supplemental grants, which expired back in June. The Senate is expected to take up this measure soon, as well.