So you probably didn't see this on the front pages, but last week the House acted on reforms to not only improve our welfare and criminal justice systems, but ensure your taxpayer dollars are spent wisely.

Last week, the House unanimously passed Rep. Jason Lewis’s (R-MN) bipartisan legislation to strengthen our juvenile justice system. The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act empowers states to improve their rehabilitation programs by prioritizing evidenced-based strategies. By focusing on data-driven solutions and engaging directly with communities, we can help strengthen public safety and make sure more at-risk youth start out on the right foot.

This measure follows a recent extension of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which helps address our nationwide poverty crisis by creating incentives to move low-income Americans from welfare to work. States have employed a variety of approaches to get more people back to work, but in most cases we fail to properly measure the success of these strategies. The TANF extension created a What Works Clearinghouse, which will provide states and localities with easy access to best practice techniques with proven outcomes.  

To learn more, visit or check out the links below.

Evidence-Based Policy Commission Gets to Work (7/26/16)

Speaker Ryan Names Appointees to Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission (6/10/16)

Senate Passes Ryan-Murray Anti-Poverty Legislation (3/16/16)