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Senators reintroduce bipartisan Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act

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    Senators reintroduce bipartisan Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act

    On March 24, U.S. Sens. Martin Henrich (D-N.M.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) reintroduced their bipartisan Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act, which would provide counties with flexible federal funding to combat multigenerational poverty, improve economic security for families and further support and promote educational success. Prior to the release of the legislation, Sen. Heinrich announced its reintroduction during remarks at NACo’s 2022 Legislative Conference.

    If enacted, the Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act would increase opportunities for counties to implement programs that take a two-generation approach to combating poverty by centering the entire family in their design. Specifically, the legislation would:

    • Revive and make permanent the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Interagency Council on Economic Mobility, which brought together several federal agencies to improve cross-agency collaboration on efforts to improve economic mobility for low-income Americans
    • Establish Two-Generation Performance Partnerships to allow state and local grantees—including counties—to blend discretionary funding from multiple federal programs to support innovative anti-poverty pilot programs with an emphasis on improving multigenerational outcomes
    • Provide ongoing funding for programs that achieve two-generation outcomes

    Counties are deeply committed to promoting the health and well-being of our residents and often serve as the front line of the social safety net for individuals and families living in poverty. The Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act would provide much-needed resources and flexibility for counties to design innovative two-generation programs that best meet the needs of our residents.

    Counties support this legislation, which would strengthen our ongoing efforts to combat multigenerational poverty. NACo will continue to monitor action on this legislation.

    Additional Resources

    • NACo Letter of Support: Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act of 2022
    • NACo Toolkit: The County Human Services and Education Landscape
    • NACo Workshop: Two-Generation Approach to Combating Multigenerational Poverty in our Nation’s Counties
    Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) reintroduce legislation aimed at reducing poverty and increasing economic mobility for families
    2022-03-30
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    2022-03-30
Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) reintroduce legislation aimed at reducing poverty and increasing economic mobility for families The bipartisan Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act would allow counties to apply for flexible federal funding for pilot programs aimed at combatting multigenerational poverty Counties applaud legislation that would support our efforts to apply two-generation approaches to family well-being

On March 24, U.S. Sens. Martin Henrich (D-N.M.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) reintroduced their bipartisan Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act, which would provide counties with flexible federal funding to combat multigenerational poverty, improve economic security for families and further support and promote educational success. Prior to the release of the legislation, Sen. Heinrich announced its reintroduction during remarks at NACo’s 2022 Legislative Conference.

If enacted, the Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act would increase opportunities for counties to implement programs that take a two-generation approach to combating poverty by centering the entire family in their design. Specifically, the legislation would:

  • Revive and make permanent the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Interagency Council on Economic Mobility, which brought together several federal agencies to improve cross-agency collaboration on efforts to improve economic mobility for low-income Americans
  • Establish Two-Generation Performance Partnerships to allow state and local grantees—including counties—to blend discretionary funding from multiple federal programs to support innovative anti-poverty pilot programs with an emphasis on improving multigenerational outcomes
  • Provide ongoing funding for programs that achieve two-generation outcomes

Counties are deeply committed to promoting the health and well-being of our residents and often serve as the front line of the social safety net for individuals and families living in poverty. The Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act would provide much-needed resources and flexibility for counties to design innovative two-generation programs that best meet the needs of our residents.

Counties support this legislation, which would strengthen our ongoing efforts to combat multigenerational poverty. NACo will continue to monitor action on this legislation.

Additional Resources

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