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H.R. 4379 (112th): Women’s Option to Raise Kids Act

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 18, 2012 (Introduced).



2d Session

H. R. 4379


April 18, 2012

(for himself, Mr. Lewis of Georgia, Ms. Moore, Ms. Lee of California, Mr. McDermott, Ms. Woolsey, Ms. Schakowsky, Ms. DeLauro, Mrs. Maloney, Mr. Jackson of Illinois, Ms. Richardson, Ms. Norton, Mr. Conyers, Mr. Davis of Illinois, and Mr. Rush) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To amend title IV of the Social Security Act to permit States to exempt single parents with children under 60 months of age from TANF participation rate requirements.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Women’s Option to Raise Kids Act.


Increased age limit for exemption from TANF participation rate requirements


In general

Section 407(b)(5) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 607(b)(5)) is amended by striking 12 months each place it appears and inserting 36 months.


Effective date

The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply to fiscal years beginning after fiscal year 2012.