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H.R. 5828: EASE Act

The text of the bill below is as of May 15, 2018 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5828

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 15, 2018

(for himself and Mr. Pocan) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means

A BILL

To require States to temporarily disregard income earned through participation in certain apprenticeship programs, in making eligibility and benefit determinations under the program of block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy families.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Encouraging Apprenticeships, Spurring Employment Act or the EASE Act.

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Temporary disregard of income earned through participation in certain apprenticeship programs, under the TANF program

(a)

In general

Section 408(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 608(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(13)

Requirement to temporarily disregard income earned through participation in certain apprenticeship programs

(A)

In general

In determining the eligibility of an individual for assistance under the State program funded under this part, or the amount of assistance to be provided to an individual under the program, a State to which a grant is made under section 403 shall disregard any income earned by the individual in a qualified apprenticeship program during the 12-month period that begins with the later of—

(i)

the date the recipient commenced the participation; or

(ii)

the date of the enactment of this paragraph.

(B)

Qualified apprenticeship program

In subparagraph (A), the term qualified apprenticeship program means—

(i)

a program registered under the National Apprenticeship Act; or

(ii)

a pre-apprenticeship program that has a documented partnership with a program referred to in clause (i).

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(b)

Penalty

Section 409(a) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 609(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(17)

Failure to temporarily disregard income earned through participation in certain apprenticeship programs

If the Secretary determines that a State to which a grant is made under section 403 for a fiscal year has failed to comply with section 408(a)(13) for the fiscal year, the Secretary may reduce the grant payable to the State under section 403(a)(1) for the immediately succeeding fiscal year by an amount equal to the total amount that the State would have had to expend to so comply.

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