Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act

The Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act, which I introduced with Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), seeks to increase opportunities for families living in poverty through programs targeting both parents and children with support aimed at increasing economic security, educational success, social capital, and health and wellbeing. By aligning and linking existing systems and funding streams, our bill will lead to improved outcomes for parents and children together while improving the effectiveness of service delivery. The Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act will give states, local governments, and tribes more flexibility to develop programs that meet their needs.

The federal government’s current approach to poverty is not effective enough. Although we have data demonstrating what works, many of the federally funded programs intended to help families are disjointed and difficult to navigate for both families in need and for organizations trying to provide help. While multiple federal programs exist to help low-income parents and children, they have separate funding streams causing silos and fragmentation. Addressing the needs of children and parents separately and without a comprehensive strategy often leaves children or parents behind and diminishes a whole family’s chance of success.

I’m proud that portions of our legislation have already successfully passed. We have made great strides in bringing communities and service providers together to implement two-generation strategies. Communities around the country now have an opportunity to attract private investment to implement the two-generation approach across multiple systems. We have also called on the federal government to review the effectiveness of different poverty reduction strategies and programs that can be replicated in communities across the nation.

I will continue working to provide states, local governments, and tribes more flexibility to develop innovative two-generation programs that meet their needs and help all their families reach success.


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