a senator, President Obama championed this bill, and he spoke of it often
during his 2008 campaign. To encourage responsible male behavior, the bill
provides for domestic violence prevention awareness, and it would increase
penalties for men who avoid paying child support, ensuring that the money from
such payments winds up in the hands of families rather than tied up in red
tape. Given its focus on male behavior and the family unit, the bill is an
interesting departure from others of its kind, but there is debate as to
whether or not its provisions would prove effective.
bill proposes to:
- Provide grants for Healthy Family
Partnerships, domestic violence prevention and treatment, and developing and
implementing best practices in domestic violence prevention;
separate "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)" program work
participation rate for two-parent families;
recovery of Medicaid costs for the birth of a child;
collection and distribution of child support;
grants to states to conduct demonstration projects to promote economic
opportunity for low-income parents.
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