The year 2003 was one in which any small gains in adult education were noteworthy as most of the nation was focused on the war in Iraq and the state of the economy. With large tax cuts and major increases in spending on the war effort, little federal money was left for increases in education funding, including adult education. Many adult education programs were fortunate to remain at a level of funding comparable to 2002. Lawmakers and the nation were not focused on reauthorizing legislation for welfare reform (Temporary Aid for Needy Families, TANF) and the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), part of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).