Federal Legislation
May 15, 2002

H.R. 4737-Personal Responsibility, Work, and Family Promotion Act of 2002

Action Requested:
None at this time.


A bill to reauthorize and improve the program of block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy families, improve access to quality child care, and for other purposes.

Introduced May 15, 2002 by Deborah Pryce (R-OH 15th)


Note: Provisions of H.R. 4090, as ordered to be reported from the House Committee on Ways and Means, and provisions of H.R. 4092, as reported from the Committee on Education and the Workforce, were previously incorporated in H.R. 4700. Subsequent action moved to H.R. 4735 and then to H.R. 4737, the Personal Responsibility, Work, and Family Promotion Act.


5/15/2002: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Education and the Workforce, Agriculture, and Financial Services, 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.
5/16/2002: DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Maloney (CT) motion to recommit with instructions, equally divided and controlled. The instructions contained in the motion seek to strike the existing section 208 of the bill and to insert a new section 208 setting new levels for entitlement funding.
5/16/2002: The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
5/16/2002: On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 207-219.
5/16/2002: On passage Passed by recorded vote: 229-197.
5/16/2002: Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5/16/2002: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
6/26/2002: Committee on Finance. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
7/25/2002: Committee on Finance. Reported by Senator Baucus with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders.
Bill Summary and Status

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA does not take a position on this legislation as welfare issues are generally outside our mission. The National Center has reviewed H.R. 4737 and finds it similar to welfare bills of the past. However, H.R. 4737 takes particular interest in the encouragement and promotion of responsible "fatherhood involvement" and that of "healthy 2-parent married families."

 Other Resources

H.R. 4737 (pdf)