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  • CHILD ABUSE
  • CHILD CARE
  • CHILD SUPPORT
Winning Issue » CHILD SUPPORT


America’s poverty level is three times that of other wealthy industrialized nations. More than 16 million American children are now living in poverty and many millions more are close to it. It is recognized that the first three years of life are critical to a child's proper development. More than 3 million poor American children under the age of three are often exposed to many factors that can impair healthy development. These factors include inadequate nutrition, low-quality child care, child abuse or neglect and exposure to environmental toxins. Many of our children also face other challenges. Many divorced fathers are not permitted full access to their children while other fathers choose to have little contact with their kids. Studies have shown that children from fatherless homes account for most youth suicides, teenage pregnancies and juvenile delinquent behavior. Child advocates say most children have at least one parent who is employed. They claim it is the responsibility of both parents to do all they can to alleviate the harm caused by childhood poverty. It is estimated that after a divorce, the average standard of living for men increases by over 40%, while women and children are subjected to a 70% decrease in living standards. There are more than 20 million American children now living with only one custodial parent, 82% of whom are women. Most of these children depend on adequate financial support from absent dads to avoid poverty, or to at least mitigate its effects. A “deadbeat parent” is defined as one who is criminally liable for willfully failing to pay more than $5,000 in child support payments. Child support payments represent nearly half the income of poor families headed by single moms. Advocates say deadbeat dads are the reason 41% of households headed by single women live below the poverty level, twice that of households headed by single men and nearly 5 times that of married couples. The total amount of outstanding child support payments that is due America's children is now more than $110 billion. It has cost taxpayers at least $53 billion in public assistance over the years to support these children.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.2091 - Child Support Assistance Act of 2015
H.R.3005 - Julia Carson Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Act of 2015



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current child support policy and wish to defeat H.R.2091 - Child Support Assistance Act of 2015 and H.R.3005 - Julia Carson Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support awarding grants to states for an employment demonstration project involving a court, or state child support agency supervised, employment program for noncustodial parents who have barriers to employment and a history of nonpayment, so that they can pay their child support obligations; awarding grants for transitional jobs programs and for public-private career pathways partnerships; prohibiting a state from conditioning receipt of TANF benefits on participation in a healthy marriage or responsible fatherhood program; prohibiting a state from collecting any amount owed it by reason of costs it has incurred for the birth of a child for whom support rights have been assigned; requires a state to make a full distribution of collected child support to the family, and wish to pass H.R.3005 - Julia Carson Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) and/or Rep. Danny Davis (IL), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support authorizing a consumer reporting agency to furnish a consumer report in response to a request by the head of a state or local child support enforcement agency (or an authorized state or local government official), if the requester certifies that the report is needed for enforcing a child support order, award, agreement, or judgment; repealing the requirement for 10 days prior notice to a consumer whose report is requested, and wish to pass H.R.2091 - Child Support Assistance Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Jeb Hensarling (TX) and/or Rep. Bruce Poliquin (ME), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support awarding grants to states for an employment demonstration project involving a court, or state child support agency supervised, employment program for noncustodial parents who have barriers to employment and a history of nonpayment, so that they can pay their child support obligations; awarding grants for transitional jobs programs and for public-private career pathways partnerships; prohibiting a state from conditioning receipt of TANF benefits on participation in a healthy marriage or responsible fatherhood program; prohibiting a state from collecting any amount owed it by reason of costs it has incurred for the birth of a child for whom support rights have been assigned; requires a state to make a full distribution of collected child support to the family, and wish to pass H.R.3005 - Julia Carson Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) and/or Rep. Danny Davis (IL), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
February 13, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
February 26, 2020
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February 20, 2020


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