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LEGISLATIVE ALERT

3/29/2011

Advocacy Day!

Today is Advocacy Day! Join Hundreds of Child Advocates who will be on Capitol Hill and Call Your Senators to Urge Them to Protect Funding for Programs Serving Vulnerable Children and Families Because These Cuts Won't Heal!

Today, hundreds of child advocates will be on Capitol Hill urging Congress to protect current funding for programs serving vulnerable children and families. If you can't be with us on the Hill please take a moment to call your senators to tell them to OPPOSE budget proposals that fail to protect critical supports for children and families. For specific budget and policy priorities, please share CWLA's Legislative Agenda.

ACTION REQUIRED

Call your U.S. Senators. To be connected with your senators, dial 202-224-3121.

MESSAGE

Protect resources for programs dedicated to serving vulnerable child and families by opposing drastic cuts, because These Cuts Won't Heal!

BACKGROUND

On Tuesday CWLA is conducting its annual Advocacy Day and hundreds of attendees at our national conference will be on Capitol Hill to urge Congress to protect essential funding for children and families. Child welfare advocates are sharing the priorities described in CWLA's Legislative Agenda (PDF) and bolstering their message with information from the national and state fact sheets.

Congress is engaged in serious negotiations to enact the federal budget. Two bills passed recently to extend the budget on a temporary basis and these bills have already cut more than $10 billion. There are no assurances that there won't be more temporary bills with additional cuts even before a final budget deal is reached. Senators and representatives of both parties are currently working to craft a compromise budget. There is a $51 billion difference separating the House and Senate budget plans and serious policy differences must be overcome as well. Generally, the Senate plan is much more protective of funding for programs dedicated to vulnerable children and families. For this reason it is important to contact your senators and urge them to support a plan that protects funding for vulnerable children and families, because These Cuts Won't Heal!

We will also be tweeting during Advocacy Day through CWLAUpdates. This is another way to keep up with all the developments. We'll be tweeting with the hashtag #CWLAinDC and we encourage attendees and other followers to use this tag during the conference. This is a great opportunity to join Twitter if you haven't already.
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