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November 16, 2005

More Calls Needed Today and Tomorrow!

Intense Negotiations Underway to Pass Budget Deal with Foster Care Cuts - Calls Needed To Keep Opposition Strong!

Congressional leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives have vowed to complete a deal on the budget reconciliation bill, including $600 million in cuts to foster care and supports for grandparents and other relatives caring for abused and neglected children, before adjourning for Thanksgiving. Due to your efforts and the efforts of thousands of advocates across the country, opposition to this flawed budget bill has thwarted passage. The House leadership decided last week to postpone a scheduled vote because there was not enough support to approve this bill. Calls from advocates are having a clear and powerful impact. Your efforts make a huge difference and your continued effort is needed. Our task now is to undertake one more push this week to make sure that our U.S. Representatives do not vote for a House budget reconciliation bill that contains foster care cuts.


  • Call your U.S. Representative toll-free at 800-426-8073 on Wednesday, November 16 and Thursday, 17, or call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121.
Once you make your call, please send this Legislative Alert on to others you know who care about children and families.


  • Vote NO on the House budget reconciliation bill.
The House budget reconciliation bill reduces Title IV-E federal foster care funding by nearly $600 million, which will severely limit supports for children who have been abused and neglected and are now living with grandparents or other relatives.

Thank you for your continued advocacy. For more information, includin˙ background and analysis, visit CWLA's No Caps on Kids! Campaign website or contact Liz Meitner, CWLA Vice President of Government Affairs, at or 202-942-0257.

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