Summary: H.R.759 — 104th Congress (1995-1996)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (01/31/1995)


Title I: Capping the Aggregate Growth of Welfare Spending

Title II: Empowering Taxpayers to Participate in Poverty

Relief Efforts

Title III: Promoting Strong Families and Parental


Common Sense Welfare Reform Act of 1995 - Title I: Capping the Aggregate Growth of Welfare Spending - Establishes a cap on the growth of total Federal spending on certain welfare programs.

(Sec. 101) Subjects to such spending limit the following programs: (1) the welfare block grant program established under this Act; (2) Head Start programs under the Head Start Act; (3) cash, medical, and social services assistance programs for refugees and entrants under Immigration and Nationality Act and the Refugee Education Assistance Act of 1980; (4) the special supplemental food program for women, infants, and children under the Child Nutrition Act of 1966; (5) programs providing general assistance to Indians under the Snyder Act; (6) programs providing Indian health services under the Indian Health Care Improvement Act; (7) programs providing Indian housing improvement grants; and (8) programs providing Indian and Native American employment training.

Provides for reconciliation of such spending growth limits through specified procedures for allocations and reductions based on spending caps, and through consultation with specified congressional committees.

(Sec. 102) Entitles each State to an annual welfare block grant payment based on a specified formula under a five-year program. Establishes the Welfare Revolving Fund.

(Sec. 103) Eliminates certain welfare programs, under the following categories: (1) cash aid (Social Security Act (SSA) programs for Aid to Families with Dependent Children, Supplemental Security Income, foster care and adoption assistance, and grants to territories for aid to the aged, blind, or disabled); (2) medical aid (SSA program for maternal and child health services block grants, and Public Health Service Act programs for community health centers and migrant health centers); (3) food aid (the entire Food Stamp Act of 1977 and its food stamp program, the school lunch program under the National School Lunch Act (NSLA), the entire Emergency Food Assistance Act of 1983 and its emergency food assistance program, nutrition programs for the elderly under the Older Americans Act of 1965, the school breakfast program under the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (CNA), and other specified child and adult food programs); (4) housing aid (certain rental assistance and public housing programs under the United States Housing Act of 1937, certain interest reduction assistance under the National Housing Act, rent supplement assistance under the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, and Housing Act of 1949 programs for specified rural housing and rental assistance); (5) energy aid (the entire Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981 and its low-income home energy assistance programs, and the weatherization assistance program under the Energy Conservation and Production Act); (6) education aid (Higher Education Act of 1965 programs for Pell grants, Federal supplemental educational opportunity grants, Federal TRIO programs, grants to States for State student incentives, and grants to institutions and consortia to encourage women and minority participation in graduate education, and Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 programs for improving local education agency basic programs for disadvantaged and for migratory children); (7) jobs and training aid (Job Training Partnership Act programs for adult training, summer youth employment and training, the Job Corps, and Native Americans and migrant and seasonal farmworkers, the older American community service employment program under the Older Americans Act of 1965, and the JOBS program under SSA); (8) social services (SSA block grants to States for social services, the entire Community Services Block Grant Act (except specified provisions) and its community services block grant program, the entire Legal Services Corporation Act of 1974 and its legal services program, the FEMA emergency food and shelter program under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, PHSA programs of research regarding family planning and population issues and of voluntary family planning projects, and the entire Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973); and (9) community aid (community development block grants and urban development action grants under the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, and the entire Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965 with its Appalachian regional development program (terminating the Appalachian Regional Development Commission)).

Revises the Older Americans Act of 1965 with respect to supportive services for older individuals to include a Senior Opportunities and Services program.

(Sec. 104) Requires the use for deficit reduction of all savings to the Federal Government resulting from the spending cap imposed under this Act. Prohibits the use of such savings to fund increased spending under any programs that are not subject to the spending cap. Provides that budgetary effects resulting from enactment of this title shall not be counted under the Balanced Budgetary and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1965 with respect to deficit amounts in excess of the statutory maximum (paygo scorecard) which trigger an offsetting sequestration.

Title II: Empowering Taxpayers to Participate in Poverty Relief Efforts - Amends the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) to allow an individual tax credit for charitable contributions to certain private charities providing assistance to the poor.

Title III: Promoting Strong Families and Parental Responsibility - Amends the IRC to allow an additional earned income credit for married individuals.

(Sec. 302) Directs the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a system for the reporting of information relating to child support obligations of employees. Amends SSA title VI part D (Child Support and Establishment of Paternity) to require a State role in such system.

(Sec. 303) Amends SSA title VI part D to require: (1) State registries of child support orders; and (2) certain procedures for accessibility of State information relating to child support.

(Sec. 304) Expands the Parent Locator Service. Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish an Interstate Local Network linking the Parent Locator Service and all State databases relating to child support enforcement. Requires prescription of regulations governing information sharing among States, within States, and between States and the Parent Locator Service.

(Sec. 305) Requires certain State procedures for collection and distribution of child support through income withholding. Provides for development of a uniform withholding order. Requires States to have laws requiring employers to withhold child support pursuant to uniform withholding orders.

(Sec. 306) Requires development of a uniform abstract of a child support order for use by all State courts to record specified information with respect to each child support order in the registry.