TANF; time limit on receipt of financial assistance. (HB2213)

Introduced By

Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Time limit on the receipt of TANF financial assistance. Reduces the total lifetime limit on TANF financial assistance to 24 months; reduces the number of consecutive months a person may receive TANF before a period of ineligibility from 24 to 12 consecutive months; and reduces the time period of ineligibility from 24 months to 12 consecutive months. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100918D
01/11/2017Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/17/2017Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #2
01/26/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 2-N)
01/27/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2213)
01/31/2017Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2017Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/31/2017Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
02/03/2017Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/08/2017Left in Appropriations


Jeffrey L. Smith writes:

TANF is a safety net program that is, to begin with, underfunded. Only 23% to 30% of TANF goes to actual cash benefits to qualifying Virginians. And, cash benefits paid to TANF recipients are approximately 30% of the poverty level, effectively miring a person in poverty.

Poverty is a systemic problem and quite often a trap for many people who are poor. Cutting the consecutive length of time any person or family can receive TANF benefits effectively, one more time, short cuts efforts to rise out of poverty. Unfortunately, many bills like HB 2213 are based on unproven theory that people simply need to work and stand on their own two feet. The fact is that most people who are poor are hard workers and willing to do what is necessary. Systemic poverty makes that incredibly difficult. HB 2213 would effectively throw one additional barrier into a system that is already problematic for many people in poverty.