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LEGISLATIVE ALERT

1/9/2006

Join Shay Bilchik on a Federal Budget Conference Call on 1/12/06

Plan to join Shay Bilchik on a national conference call on January 12th to discuss Congress' final vote on the federal budget reconciliation bill scheduled for February 1st. This bill includes nearly $600 million cuts in federal foster care assistance for abused and neglected children being cared for by grandparents and other relatives.

As we have reported to you earlier, the Senate voted on December 21 to approve the conference report of the budget reconciliation bill that includes nearly $600 million cuts in federal foster care assistance for abused and neglected children being cared for by grandparents and other relatives. See how your Senator voted under BACKGROUND below. Since the Senate bill makes some technical changes to the budget agreement approved earlier by the House, the House has to vote again. The last vote in the House was extremely close with 16 members not present to cast their vote. The vote scheduled for February 1 is also expected to be decided by a few votes. All members are expected to make the February 1st vote.

Your calls, emails, and visits during the "No Caps on Kids! Campaign" have made sure that the voices of children are not lost in this process, but there is still more to do! We must take advantage of the remainder of this month to continue to urge members of the House to oppose final passage of the budget bill.

On the conference call, we will discuss strategies, targeted activities, and messages geared toward influencing the final vote. Our shared task is to make sure that the U.S. House of Representatives does not approve a budget reconciliation bill that contains cuts to Title IV-E and other vital human service programs. This is our last chance! Unless congressional leaders hear from advocates about the impact of these cuts, they will be included in the final budget bill. You have the opportunity to help stop these measures!

Conference Call: Thursday, January 12
3:00PM-4:00PM Eastern time
2:00PM-3:00PM Central time
1:00PM-2:00PM Mountain time
12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM Pacific time

Dial in number: 1-888-259-2603
Passcode: 565709#

ACTION REQUIRED

  • Join the conference call on Thursday, January 12.

  • Call your U.S. Representative. You can call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121 and ask to be connected to your U.S. Representative.

  • Once you make your call, please send this Alert to others you know who care about children and families, and urge them to take similar action.

MESSAGE

  • Vote NO against the Budget Reconciliation bill!


Thank you for your continued advocacy. Click here for a more detailed description of the child welfare provisions that the House will be voting on. For more information, including other background and analysis, visit CWLA's No Caps on Kids! Campaign website or contact Liz Meitner, CWLA Vice President of Government Affairs, at emeitner@cwla.org or 202-942-0257.

BACKGROUND

See how your Senator voted.
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