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LEGISLATIVE ALERT

4/1/2009

Senators Send Letter about the White House Conference

Call Your Senator Today to Cosponsor the Bill!

Senator Mary Landrieu, along with her bipartisan cosponsor, Senator Richard Burr, is set to re-introduce her bill to hold a White House Conference on Children and Youth in 2010. They are now circulating a Dear Colleague letter asking other senators to become original sponsors when the bill is introduced. Each new Congress requires all bills to be re-introduced for the new session. We need your help to get cosponsors back on the bill!

Sen. Landrieu is reintroducing the White House Conference bill! To read the Dear Colleague letter, visit Web link

ACTION REQUIRED

We ask that you call your Senators TODAY and ask them to cosponsor the bill to hold a White House Conference on Children and Youth.

Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard to be connected to your Senator!
202-224-3121

We also ask that you send this to anyone you know so that they can do the same!

MESSAGE

Tell them to contact Senator Landrieu (D-LA) or Senator Burr (R-NC) and ask that they be included as a cosponsor for the new bill. In order to support their efforts, we need Senators to hear from you!

A White House Conference is needed 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.

BACKGROUND

Last Year's Cosponsos (S. 2771)

Evan Bayh (D-IN)
Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)
Robert Casey (D-PA)
Hillary Clinton (D-NY)
Christopher Dodd (D-CT)
Chuck Hagel (R-NE)
Tim Johnson (D-SD)
John Kerry (D-MA)
Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
Richard Lugar (R-IN)
Barack Obama (D-IL)
Gordon H. Smith (R-OR)
Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

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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