Fw: Fatherhood/Welfare Reform Hearing

H. C. Covington (ach1@sprynet.com)
Thu, 30 Jul 1998 08:32:09 -0500


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From: MRS RUTH E MURPHY <YPDC11A@PRODIGY.COM>
To: WELFAREM-L@AMERICAN.EDU <WELFAREM-L@AMERICAN.EDU>
Date: Friday, July 24, 1998 12:51 PM
Subject: Fatherhood/Welfare Reform Hearing


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Congressional hearing announcement on FATHERHOOD AND WELFARE REFORM

ADVISORY
FROM THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS

SUBCOMMITTEE ON HUMAN RESOURCES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           CONTACT:  (202) 225-1025
July 23, 1998
No. HR-17

        Shaw Announces Hearing on Fatherhood and Welfare Reform

        Congressman E. Clay Shaw, Jr., (R-FL), Chairman, Subcommittee on
Human
Resources of the Committee on Ways and Means, today announced that
the
Subcommittee will hold a hearing on fatherhood and welfare reform.
The
hearing will take place on Thursday, July 30, 1998, in room B-318 of
the
Rayburn House Office Building, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

        In view of the limited time available to hear witnesses, oral
testimony
at this hearing will be taken from invited witnesses only.
Witnesses
will include fathers whose children are on welfare, individuals who
have
designed and conducted programs for low-income fathers, advocates
for
fathers, and researchers.  Any individual or organization not
scheduled
for an oral appearance may submit a written statement for
consideration
by the Committee and for inclusion in the printed record of the
hearing.

BACKGROUND:

        The purpose of this hearing is to examine the social, economic, and
legal difficulties faced by unmarried fathers of children on welfare.

Numerous studies suggest that these fathers tend to have lower levels
of
education and income as well as elevated rates of unemployment and
incarceration as compared with other fathers.  These problems make
it
difficult for them to form two-parent families and to play a
positive
role in the rearing of their children.  Studies also show that the
consequence of father absence is that children, especially boys, are
likely to develop the same problems that afflict their fathers, thus
creating an intergenerational cycle of children being reared in
female-headed families.

        On March 3, 1998, Chairman Shaw, along with several other Members
of
the Subcommittee, introduced H.R. 3314, the "Fathers Count Act of
1998."
The purpose of H.R. 3314 is to prevent this unfortunate cycle of
children
being reared in fatherless families by supporting projects that help
fathers meet
their responsibilities as marital husbands, parents, and providers.
The
bill is aimed at promoting marriage among parents, helping poor and
low-income fathers establish positive relationships with their
children
and the children's mothers, promoting responsible parenting, and
increasing family income.  The legislation aims to accomplish these
goals by providing a block grant to States to select and fund
community-based projects conducted primarily by non-profit and
faith-based organizations.

        In announcing the hearing, Chairman Shaw stated:  "These young men
face very difficult problems, and I want the American people and
Members of
the Subcommittee to understand how these problems interfere with
their
ability to become good husbands and good fathers.  If we hope to
reverse
the negative cycle of fatherless families, we must begin by
understanding the barriers faced by these fathers and by supporting
community-based and faith-based programs that can help them overcome
these barriers.  Promoting marriage and two-parent families, and
aggressively helping these men become responsible parents, is the
next
step in welfare reform."

FOCUS OF THE HEARING:

        The hearing will focus on two primary issues.  First, based on
testimony from young fathers whose children are on welfare, the
Subcommittee hopes to learn first-hand what barriers these fathers
face
in attempting to become better parents, to form two-parent families,
and
to secure good jobs.  Second, the Subcommittee will hear about
programs
designed to help fathers overcome these barriers.

DETAILS FOR SUBMISSION OF WRITTEN COMMENTS:

        Any person or organization wishing to submit a written statement
for
the printed record of the hearing should submit six (6) single-
spaced
copies of their statement, along with an IBM compatible 3.5-inch
diskette in WordPerfect 5.1 format, with their name, address, and
hearing date noted on a label, by the close of business, Thursday,
August 13, 1998, to A.L. Singleton, Chief of Staff, Committee on
Ways
and Means, U.S. House of Representatives, 1102 Longworth House
Office
Building, Washington, D.C. 20515.  If those filing written
statements
wish to have their statements distributed to the press and
interested
public at the hearing, they may deliver 200 additional copies for
this
purpose to the Subcommittee on Human Resources office, room B-317
Rayburn House Office Building, at least one hour before the hearing
begins.

FORMATTING REQUIREMENTS:

        Each statement presented for printing to the Committee by a
witness,

any written statement or exhibit submitted for the printed record or
any
written comments in response to a request for written comments must
conform to the guidelines listed below.  Any statement or exhibit not
in
compliance with these guidelines will not be printed, but will be
maintained in the Committee files for review and use by the Committee.


        1.   All statements and any accompanying exhibits for printing must
be
submitted on an IBM compatible 3.5-inch diskette WordPerfect 5.1
format,
typed in single space and may not exceed a total of 10 pages
including
attachments.  Witnesses are advised that the Committee will rely on
electronic submissions for printing the official hearing record.

        2.  Copies of whole documents submitted as exhibit material will
not
be
accepted for printing.  Instead, exhibit material should be
referenced
and quoted or paraphrased.  All exhibit material not meeting these
specifications will be maintained in the Committee files for review
and
use by the Committee.

        3.  A witness appearing at a public hearing, or submitting a
statement
for the record of a public hearing, or submitting written comments
in
response to a published request for comments by the Committee, must
include on his statement or submission a list of all clients, persons,

or organizations on whose behalf the witness appears.

        4.  A supplemental sheet must accompany each statement listing the
name,
company, address, telephone and fax numbers where the witness or the
designated representative may be reached.  This supplemental sheet
will
not be included in the printed record.

        The above restrictions and limitations apply only to material being
submitted for printing.  Statements and exhibits or supplementary
material submitted solely for distribution to the Members, the press,

and the public during the course of a public hearing may be submitted
in
other forms.

Note:  All Committee advisories and news releases are available on
the
World Wide Web at "http://www.house.gov/ways_means/".

The Committee seeks to make its facilities accessible to persons
with
disabilities.  If you are in need of special accommodations, please
call
202-225-1721 or 202-226-3411 TTD/TTY in advance of the event (four
business days notice is requested).  Questions with regard to
special
accommodation needs in general (including availability of Committee
materials in alternative formats) may be directed to the Committee
as
noted above.
*****

Betty Murphy
NCSAC Dir. of Gov't. Releations