Wanted: Cosponsors for White House Conference Legislation!Ask Senate HELP Committee Members to Cosponsor the White House Conference
As you know, CWLA has been working hard to get Congress to support a White House Conference on Children and Youth. As a result of our combined work with you, we have legislation in both houses of Congress towards this effort.
Your Senator sits on the HELP Committee that has direct jurisdiction over this legislation, and we need your Senator to be a cosponsor of the Senate bill (S. 2771)!
Call your Senator from the below list TODAY and tell them to cosponsor S. 2771, a bill to re-establish the White House Conference on Children and Youth!
Sen. Michael B. Enzi, WY, (Ranking Member)
Sen. Richard Burr, NC
Sen. Pat Roberts, KS
Call the Capitol Switchboard to be connected with your Senator!
U.S. Capitol Switchboard 1-800-828-0498
Stay tuned to the Children's Monitor for the latest updates on this important legislation!
MESSAGETell your Senator to cosponsor S. 2771, a bill to re-establish the White House Conference on Children and Youth!
BACKGROUNDThere is legislation in both Houses to re-establish a White House Conference on Children and Youth (S. 2771 and HR 5461).
The first such conference was held in 1909 with one then being held every ten years through 1970, at which point they stopped taking place. The only other similar White House event is the White House Conference on Aging which started in the 1960's and has taken place every ten years since. In more recent Aging Conferences such as the 1993-94 event, approximately 900 separate state and local gatherings were held independently from the conference, but recognized for their input and suggestions. Such will be the model for the White House Conference on Children and Youth in 2010.
CWLA called for the restoration of the event last fall and sees this an opportunity to focus community and national attention on the nation's most vulnerable children, and as a result, on the most critical issues facing children in the United States in the 21st century.
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