Federal Government Cuts Off Recession Relief Money To States

Laura Bassett
The Huffington Post

Despite soaring unemployment and the 19 million Americans currently living in “deep poverty,” federal funds for the Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF) program have entirely dried up for the first time since 1996, leaving states with an average of 15 percent less federal funding for the coming year to help an ever-increasing number of needy families.

TANF, the federal program that replaced welfare under the Clinton Administration, provides a lifeline for families and workers who have exhausted all of their unemployment benefits.

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