ERIC Number: ED464705
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun-28
Reference Count: N/A
Child Support and Fatherhood Proposals. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Human Resources of the Committee on Ways and Means. House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventh Congress, First Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Subcommittee on Human Resources.
These hearings transcripts compile testimony before the Subcommittee on Human Resources of the Committee on Ways and Means focusing on the performance of the child support enforcement program and providing information on current child support and fatherhood proposals. Oral testimony was heard from eight invited witnesses. Three members of Congress discussed proposals to strengthen child support enforcement through changing the tax code and allowing support money to flow directly to the child's mother rather than to the state. Representatives from various advocacy and community organizations discussed the need to reduce out-of-wedlock births, simplify child support distribution, eliminate the cap on child support federal incentive funding, provide support and help to fathers who want to pay child support but cannot, and emphasize fatherhood as well as marriage in welfare reform authorization. Witnesses emphasized that the child support reform enacted in 1996 substantially improved the performance of the child support program; they further asserted that H.R. 1471 and other proposals illustrate the progression away from a child support system focused on cost recovery to one promoting family self-sufficiency, noting that assignment and distribution reforms in H.R. 1471 would increase child support for poor children and would also fund demonstration projects serving low-income noncustodial parents. Thirty submissions for the record from advocacy organizations and parents examined issues related to fathers' rights, described problems with the current child support system in particular and with welfare reform in general, detailed social consequences of fatherlessness on children, and discussed issues related to paternity establishment. These submissions also argued that proposed legislation does not address the true causes of poverty in America and fails to deal with domestic violence issues, and described problems in the family court system. Questions from the chair to the panel included one regarding a projected financing gap in the child support program as a result of declining welfare caseloads. (KB)
Descriptors: Child Support, Fathers, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Government Role, Hearings, Marriage, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Responsibility, Program Descriptions, Taxes, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Subcommittee on Human Resources.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Child Support Enforcement