Human Resources

The Human Resources Subcommittee authorizes and oversees a range of critical supports for workers, children, and families. Specifically, the Subcommittee oversees

  • the federal-state unemployment insurance program, which provides earned benefits to workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own;
  • the child support enforcement program, which collects support for children from non-custodial parents;
  • the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, which provides flexible funds to states for the purpose of providing income support and other assistance to move parents from welfare to work;
  • the Child Care Entitlement, which provides part of the federal support for child care assistance;
  • the Social Services Block Grant, which provides $1.7 billion a year in flexible funds for a wide range of state-provided social services ranging from child care to Meals on Wheels, and is the largest source of federal funding for child and adult protective services;
  • foster care and other services provided to help abused or neglected children become safe at home or move into permanent families via adoption or guardianship;
  • the Supplemental Security Income program (SSI), which provides modest income support to very poor seniors and severely disabled children and adults; and
  • the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV), which funds evidence based home visiting services to improve maternal and child health and development.

Recent Activity

Jul 24, 2018 Press Release

(As prepared for delivery)

Mr. Chairman, thank you for scheduling this bipartisan oversight hearing. Child welfare is a deeply important issue to me and to Chicago, and I am grateful that we are working together so closely to ensure effective implementation of the landmark new law, the Family First Prevention Services Act, or Family First. 

Jul 10, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Ways & Means Ranking Committee Member Richard Neal (D-MA) released the following statement after President Donald Trump signed an

Jun 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Ways & Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) report on the long-term budget outlook:

May 23, 2018 Press Release

(As prepared for delivery)

Mr. Chairman, thank you. 

Before I begin, I want to commend Subcommittee Ranking Member, Dr. Davis, who has provided so much leadership on this issue – I know he will speak later about these efforts.


Subcommittee's Activity in Previous Congress

Ranking Member

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Danny Davis
Illinois ~ 07

Democratic Members

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Terri Sewell
Alabama ~ 07
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Lloyd Doggett
Texas ~ 35
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Judy Chu
California ~ 27