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TANFS Inadequate Response to Recession Highlights Weakness of Block-Grant Structure

General Material

Some members of congress have highlighted TANF as a successful federal benefits program and believe it should be used as a model for other programs such as food stamps and Medicaid. This paper argues that TANF has not been successful in helping poor and low-income families during the recession and that TANF assistance has not adequately responded to rising unemployment rates and inflation.