Issue Brief 12-06
February 10, 2012

On February 1, 2012, the House approved the Welfare Integrity Now for Children and Families Act (H.R. 3567), which would require states to prevent Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) electronic benefit transfer (EBT) transactions in liquor stores, casinos, or adult-entertainment establishments. The bill would impose a penalty on any state that fails to implement policies within two years of enactment. This marks the second time in the past few months that the House has approved such a restriction. A similar bill, S. 943, was introduced in the Senate last year.