MAYVILLE – Congressman Tom Reed was in Mayville Tuesday and met with local social service officials, local stakeholders and local elected officials for a social welfare roundtable. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss anti-poverty and social welfare programs and how they can better help to move low-income populations from dependency to self-sufficiency.
According to a media release from Reed’s office, the group discussed re-authorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program with a focus on getting individuals back to work. They also discussed the need to secure fair funding for rural areas, protecting vulnerable seniors, reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), matching up previous welfare recipients with current recipients as mentors, and Reed’s recently announced Promoting Assistance with Transitional Help Act, or PATH Act.
On Monday, Reed announced the PATH Act, which the Corning Republican says is designed to combat the inherent disincentives in the federal welfare system and encourage individuals to earn more income and move toward self-sufficiency.
Reed’s office said the roundtable is part of an effort to make welfare reform a larger part of the national conversation.