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LEGISLATIVE ALERT

1/23/2006

Last Chance to Stop Foster Care Cuts!

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to cast their last and final vote on Wednesday, February 1 on the budget reconciliation bill that cuts nearly $600 million in federal foster care assistance. The bill also cuts other programs that children and families depend on including Medicaid, child support and student aid. The reauthorization of TANF is also included with dramatic new work requirements while failing to include increased child care funds.

It is expected that the vote will be extremely close. These next few days will be our last chance to urge members of the House to vote NO to prevent these cuts. If you have already called, we urge you to call again. Members of Congress must know that these cuts have a direct impact on abused and neglected children in foster care.

On December 21, the Senate approved the measure by one vote. The Senate added some technical changes to the final budget agreement that was approved by the House on December 19, resulting in the House having to vote again.

Our task now is to take full advantage of these last few days and make sure that your U.S. Representative votes NO on the final budget reconciliation bill. Unless members of Congress hear from advocates about the impact of these cuts, they will approve the bill. Make sure that your Representative knows that a vote to support this bill means less support for grandparents and other relatives caring for abused and neglected children.

ACTION REQUIRED

*Call your U.S. Representative now. You can call toll free at 800-426-8073 or you can call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121 and ask to be connected to the office of your U.S. Representative. If you are not sure who your U.S. Representative is, they can tell you. You can also find the direct line of your U.S. Representative at www.house.gov. To see how your U.S. Representative voted on December 19, go to Web link.

*Once you make your call, please send this Legislative Alert to others family members, friends or colleagues you know who care about children and families, asking them to also call.

MESSAGE

* Vote NO on 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.

To see how many of the cuts contained in the bill affect your state to: Web link
For more information, including other background and analysis, visit CWLA's No Caps on Kids! Campaign website at Web link http://www.cwla.org/advocacy/nocapsonkids.htm or contact Liz Meitner, CWLA Vice President of Government Affairs, at emeitner@cwla.org or 202-942-0257.

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