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Good News! House Subcommittee Rejects SSBG Cut!

House Makes Move to Save Critical Funding for Child Welfare

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Appropriations for the Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday, June 7 rejected a $500 million cut to the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG). The cut is part of the budget submitted by the President on February 6. CWLA sent out an alert on SSBG last week as we received reports that the House Subcommittee on Appropriations would accept the proposed cut. Due to your efforts and calls we have taken a second significant step in protecting SSBG and the funding it provides for child welfare services.

The Senate Budget Committee also rejected the President’s proposed cut last March when Senator Charles Grassley’s (R-IA) amendment to preserve SSBG funding at $1.7 billion during the Budget Committee debate was adopted.

CWLA made these proposed cuts to SSBG one of three “Hot Topics” of legislative activity during our national conference earlier this year. The efforts of all those participating in Hill Day and all other advocates were crucial in informing members of Congress of the impact of this proposal. The SSBG represents 12% of all federal funding states spend on child welfare services. SSBG is used to provide child abuse prevention, adoption services, foster care, child protection, independent and transitional living, and residential services for children and youth. In FY 2003, states allocated nearly $700 million in SSBG funds for children and youth involved in child welfare. Nationwide, more than 2.6 million children received a range of child welfare services funded in part or in total by SSBG.

The appropriations process has a long way to go and there are still many concerns about this year’s budget, but this is an important second step in support of SSBG.

For more information visit on SSBG visit CWLA's Legislative Agenda or contact John Sciamanna, CWLA Co-Director of Government Affairs , at , or 202/639-4919.

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