The House of Representatives will vote on Florida Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo's Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act on Friday, House majority leader Kevin McCarthy announced on Monday.
Curbelo's bill, introduced on June 8th, creates grants for demonstration projects that provide wage subsidies to welfare recipients with the goal of helping them get and keep jobs. The bill passed out of the Ways and Means Committee last week with bipartisan support.
"Mr. Chairman, H.R. 2842, the Accelerating Individuals Into the Workforce Act, incentivizes employer partnerships with state and local agencies to hire recipients from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program," Curbelo said to the committee last week. "This bill uses $100 million from the TANF Contingency Fund to create grants so states can conduct demonstration projects intended to assist low-income individuals in entering the workforce and maintaining employment."
States will also be required to report their progress and must ensure that the subsidies do not displace current workers.
"Poverty is an issue that affects each our districts," Curbelo said. "We need innovative solutions that can help get people on track to a brighter future. This legislation is definitely a step in the right direction."
Curbelo, who was among the most active House freshman in bills introduced and cosponsored last Congress, has introduced 11 bills so far this year.