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LEGISLATIVE ALERT

1/30/2006

Only 48 Hours Left to Stop Foster Care Cuts!

In 48 hours, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to cast the last and final vote on a budget reconciliation bill that cuts nearly $600 million in federal foster care assistance. This cut will jeopardize the ability of many grandparents and other relatives to care for abused and neglected children.

This vote will be extremely close and demands the efforts of all child advocates. These next 48 hours 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. Once you’ve made your call pass this alert to on to everyone that can call Congress.

When the House originally voted on the measure on December 19th, many Representatives were not aware of the complete contents of the 774-page bill. It is up to you to make sure that your Representative knows that a vote in favor of this bill results in less support for grandparents and other relatives caring for abused and neglected children. Passing this bill also means less health care for children and low income people, fewer children receiving child support, students paying more for school loans, parents trying to move from welfare to work facing harsher rules and less child care or other help.

Our task now is simple. With 48 hours remaining, every U.S. Representative needs to be contacted and encouraged to vote NO on this final budget reconciliation bill.

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 here.

* To see how your U.S. Representative voted on December 19, click here.

*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! Do not cut support for abused and neglected children.

Thank you for your continued advocacy. For a more detailed description of the child welfare provisions that the House will be voting on go to CWLA's "No Caps on Kids Campaign"

To see how many of the cuts contained in the bill affect your state to visit: the Coalition on Human Needs

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