block grant


Definition of block grant

: an unrestricted grant made by the U.S. federal government to state and local governments to be used at their discretion to pay especially for social services that were formerly paid for through specific federal programs

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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: This $16.5 billion program provides block grants to states, territories and tribes to help them pay for cash welfare for poor families with children, among other benefits. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Border Wall Fight Overshadows Other Policy Battles in Congress," 2 Dec. 2018 Under the conservative plan, states would receive ACA money in the form of block grants to help low-income consumers buy coverage. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Conservatives Make New Push to Repeal Affordable Care Act," 19 June 2018 Florida will get a federal block grant worth $340 million to go exclusively to citrus. Jim Turner,, "Candidates pitch ways to aid Florida farmers, ranchers after natural disasters," 14 May 2018 Under the original Graham-Cassidy bill, the formula for the block grants was seen by some as disfavoring states that already expanded Medicaid coverage under Obamacare. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Conservatives Plan to Take One Last Shot at Obamacare Repeal Before Midterms," 30 Apr. 2018 With the block grant of federal funds, states could craft their own systems for providing coverage, though with several requirements. Noam N. Levey,, "Republicans outline their latest strategy to roll back Obamacare," 19 June 2018 The block grants would be the backbone of the conservative plan. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Conservatives Make New Push to Repeal Affordable Care Act," 19 June 2018 The Department of Housing and Urban Development last month awarded a $18.5 billion community development block grant for Puerto Rico, the largest single disaster recovery award in the agency’s history. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Justice Department Seeks Ouster of Top Puerto Rico Prosecutor," 16 May 2018 Much of this is attributed to the rigidity of a block grant. Tara Golshan, Vox, "How a Republican plan to fix cash assistance welfare falls short," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of block grant

1966, in the meaning defined above

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: an unrestricted federal grant

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