September 25,2000

Subcommittee Hearing on Child Support Payments

Soap Opera Star to Testify

WASHINGTON -- Senate Finance Committee Chairman William V. Roth, Jr. (R-DE) today announced Bruce Michael Hall, star on NBC's soap opera"Passions," will testify on IRS collection of child support payments at the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Social Security and Family Policy hearing under the Chairmanship of Senator Don Nickles (R-OK) on Tuesday, September 26, 2000 at 2:30 p.m., in 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building.

The following witnesses are expected to appear before the Committee:

I. A panel consisting of:

The Honorable Christopher J. Dodd, U.S. Senator, Connecticut

The Honorable Spencer Abraham, U.S. Senator, Michigan

II. A panel consisting of:

Bruce Michael Hall, Actor, NBC's "Passions"

Gerri Jensen, President, ACES National Headquarters, Toledo, Ohio

Kay Farley, First Vice President, National Child Support Enforcement Association, Washington, DC.


Senators Abraham and Dodd will testify on Abraham's bill, S. 2288, the "Compassion for Children and Child Support Enforcement Act of 1999." This bill would significantly expand IRS responsibilities in collecting child support. A summary of the bill can be found on Thomas.

On the second panel, Gerri Jensen, President, Association for Children for Enforcement of Support (ACES), will testify in support of this legislation, as will Mr. Hall. ACES link:

The National Child Support Enforcement Association, which represents State, local government, and private child support enforcement agencies, will testify against this legislation. NCSEA's views can be found at:

In 1975, Title IV-D of the Social Security Act was passed, which provides Federal government funding for State child support enforcement efforts.

Information on this program, and on child support generally, can be found