Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: May 29, 2015
Sen. Rob Standridge
Legislature asks Congress to enact Opportunity
The Oklahoma State Legislature approved a resolution
on the last day of the 2015 session calling on Congress to adopt
a block grant proposal that would allow states more oversight of
public assistance programs. The proposal was introduced in a June
2014 report entitled “Expanding Opportunity in America”
by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget.
Standridge, primary author of Senate Concurrent Resolution 31,
said the federal proposal would make the delivery of public assistance
more efficient for agencies and recipients.
“The report proposed the use of Opportunity Grants to streamline
government functions and reconfigure the delivery of public assistance
in our country to make the entire process more efficient,”
said Standridge, R-Norman. “The proposal would permit states
to consolidate various forms of public assistance into a single
payment to recipients, providing both them and social service providers
with more flexibility.”
Standridge said the proposal would also permit states to use state-based
best practices to reform their social service networks.
“The current system is too expensive, inefficient and complicated,”
said Standridge. “By approving the Opportunity Grant proposal,
Congress would be allowing states to be more innovative in how they
provide federal safety net programs and they’d be able to
mold the programs to better meet the needs of their citizens.”
Rep. Jason Nelson was the House author of SCR 31.
For more information, contact: