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Chairman Yarmuth: CBO Report Underscores Harmful Impact of Work Requirements, Efficacy of Work Supports

Jun 9, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a new report in response to House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth’s request for the agency to analyze the impacts of work requirements and work supports on participants in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Medicaid. 

The report found that work requirements have a very limited impact – if any – on improving average household income, and instead have likely increased the number of families in deep poverty. In contrast, the report found that work supports — such as subsidized childcare and workforce development programs — increase employment and income among participants. 

“CBO’s new report reaffirms what nearly 30 years of research and dozens of studies have proven: work requirements inflict unnecessary suffering on struggling families and do little to boost employment. On the other hand, work supports, including childcare subsidies and evidence-based jobs training programs, can increase both income and employment, helping families pull themselves out of poverty,” said Chairman Yarmuth. 

“This nonpartisan report underscores that Republicans’ obsession with work requirements serves merely to punish people who are already struggling to get by. They would better serve their constituents by supporting evidence-based policies to lower costs for families and Build a Better America.”

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