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[Congressional Record: February 13, 2003 (House)]
[Page H465-H546]
From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:cr13fe03-88]                         



 
    PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, WORK, AND FAMILY PROMOTION ACT OF 2003

  Ms. PRYCE of Ohio. Mr. Speaker, by direction of the Committee on 
Rules, I call up House Resolution 69 and ask for its immediate 
consideration.
  The Clerk read the resolution, as follows:

                               H. Res. 69

       Resolved, That at any time after the adoption of this 
     resolution the Speaker may, pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule 
     XVIII, declare the House resolved into the Committee of the 
     Whole House on the state of the Union for consideration of 
     the bill (H.R. 4) to reauthorize and improve the program of 
     block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy 
     families, improve access to quality child care, and for other 
     purposes. The first reading of the bill shall be dispensed 
     with. All points of order against consideration of the bill 
     are waived. General debate shall be confined to the bill and 
     shall not exceed two

[[Page H466]]

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[Page H541] TITLE VI--RESTORING FAIRNESS FOR IMMIGRANT FAMILIES SEC. 601. TREATMENT OF ALIENS UNDER THE TANF PROGRAM. (a) Exception to 5-Year Ban for Qualified Aliens.--Section 403(c)(2) of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1613(c)(2)) is amended by adding at the end the following: ``(L) Benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program described in section 402(b)(3)(A).''. (b) Benefits Not Subject to Reimbursement.--Section 423(d) of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1138a note) is amended by adding at the end the following: ``(12) Benefits under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act except for cash assistance provided to a sponsored alien who is subject to deeming pursuant to section 408(h) of the Social Security Act.''. (c) Treatment of Aliens.--Section 408 (42 U.S.C. 608) is amended by adding at the end the following: ``(h) Special Rules Relating to the Treatment of 213A Aliens.-- ``(1) In general.--In determining whether a 213A alien is eligible for cash assistance under a State program funded under this part, and in determining the amount or types of such assistance to be provided to the alien, the State shall apply the rules of paragraphs (1), (2), (3), (5), and (6) of subsection (f) of this section by substituting `213A' for `non-213A' each place it appears, subject to section 421(e) of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconcilation Act of 1996, and subject to section 421(f) of such Act (which shall be applied by substituting `section 408(h) of the Social Security Act' for `subsection (a)'). ``(2) 213A alien defined.--An alien is a 213A alien for purposes of this subsection if the affidavit of support or similar agreement with respect to the alien that was executed by the sponsor of the alien's entry into the United States was executed pursuant to section 213A of the Immigration and Nationality Act.''. (d) Effective Date and Applicability.-- (1) Effective date.--The amendments made by this section shall take effect October 1, 2003. (2) Applicability.--The amendments made by this section shall apply to benefits provided on or after the effective date of this section. SEC. 602. OPTIONAL COVERAGE OF LEGAL IMMIGRANTS UNDER THE MEDICAID PROGRAM AND SCHIP. (a) Medicaid Program.--Section 1903(v) (42 U.S.C. 1396b(v)) is amended-- (1) in paragraph (1), by striking ``paragraph (2)'' and inserting ``paragraphs (2) and (4)''; and (2) by adding at the end the following new paragraph: ``(4)(A) A State may elect (in a plan amendment under this title) to provide medical assistance under this title, notwithstanding sections 401(a), 402(b), 403, and 421 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, for aliens who are lawfully residing in the United States (including battered aliens described in section 431(c) of such Act) and who are otherwise eligible for such assistance, within either or both of the following eligibility categories: ``(i) Pregnant women.--Women during pregnancy (and during the 60-day period beginning on the last day of the pregnancy). ``(ii) Children.--Children (as defined under such plan), including optional targeted low-income children described in section 1905(u)(2)(B). ``(B) In the case of a State that has elected to provide medical assistance to a category of aliens under subparagraph (A), no debt shall accrue under an affidavit of support against any sponsor of such an alien on the basis of provision of assistance to such category and the cost of such assistance shall not be considered as an unreimbursed cost.''. (b) SCHIP.--Section 2107(e)(1) (42 U.S.C. 1397gg(e)(1)) as amended by section 803 of the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Benefits Improvement and Protection Act of 2000, as enacted into law by section 1(a)(6) of Public Law 106-554, is amended by redesignating subparagraphs (C) and (D) as subparagraph (D) and (E), respectively, and by inserting after subparagraph (B) the following new subparagraph: ``(C) Section 1903(v)(4) (relating to optional coverage of categories of permanent resident alien children), but only if the State has elected to apply such section to the category of children under title XIX.''. (c) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this section take effect on October 1, 2003, and apply to medical assistance and child health assistance furnished on or after such date. SEC. 603. ELIGIBILITY OF DISABLED CHILDREN WHO ARE QUALIFIED ALIENS FOR SSI. (a) In General.--Section 402(a)(2) of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1612(a)(2)) is amended by inserting after subparagraph (K) the following new subparagraph: ``(L) SSI exception for disabled children.--With respect to eligibility for benefits for the specified Federal program described in paragraph (3)(A), paragraph (1) shall not apply to a child who is considered disabled for purposes of the supplemental security income program under title XVI of the Social Security Act.''. (b) Effective Date.--The amendment made by this section shall take effect on October 1, 2003, and apply to benefits furnished on or after such date.

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{time} 1245 Ms. WOOLSEY. Mr. Chairman, I yield 1 minute to the gentleman from New York (Mr. Crowley). (Mr. CROWLEY asked and was given permission to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. CROWLEY. Mr. Chairman, I rise today to talk about a very large and important group of my constituents that the Republican TANF bill is completely ignoring. This Republican bill is completely ignoring legal immigrants. This bill denies even its smallest safety net for families who are diligently making their way through the legal immigration process towards becoming full citizens of our country. This bill is ignoring people across the U.S. who pay taxes, who support their communities and, according to Alan Greenspan yesterday, are a positive factor for U.S. economic growth. This bill is hurting children and families, especially in States with large immigrant populations like mine in New York. New York State, under a Republican governor, understands the necessary reality of providing some benefits to legal immigrants. Moreover, immigrants, on average, contribute more in tax dollars than they get back through government services and benefits, and the bulk of the dollars immigrants contribute in taxes go to the Federal Government. Yet, when immigrants fall on temporary hard times, the Federal Government chooses to ignore them, and this Republican bill today ignores them as well. If we are a nation of immigrants, then this Republican bill is not only irresponsible, it is also a slap in the face to our Nation's heritage. This Republican bill is not about finding a solution to poverty; it is about exacerbating the class warfare in this country, it is about dividing and conquering, and unfortunately they are conquering and winning. Ms. WOOLSEY. Mr. Chairman, I yield 1 minute to the gentleman from California (Mr. Thompson). (Mr. THOMPSON of California asked and was given permission to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. THOMPSON of California. Mr. Chairman, I thank the gentleman from California for yielding the time, and for her great work on the effort to make this bill a better bill.

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