Children's Monitor Online
A Public Policy Update from the Child Welfare League of America

   
   
Vol. 24, Issue 11: 4/3/2011   
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Budget Negotiations Intensify, Deep Cuts Expected

Taking the Hill: Advocacy Day Big Success

Budget Webcast Today: These Cuts Wont Heal

Key Upcoming Dates for Congress



Budget Negotiations Intensify, Deep Cuts Expected


Negotiations intensified at the end of the week to finalize a budget for the remainder of FY 2011. The White House and Congressional leaders indicated they are considering an additional $23 billion in cuts for a total of $33 billion cut from FY 2010 spending. As of this writing, it is unclear what the cuts would consist of and to what extent they will impact child welfare funding. Up-to-date information will be available during the CWLA Budget Webcast today at 3 p.m. EST, for CWLA members only.
See below for more details, including how to register.

Meanwhile, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), chair of the House Budget Committee, announced he would release his budget proposal for FY 2012 this week. Early reports indicate this will include significant cuts and restructuring of social service programs impacting vulnerable children and families, including major changes in Medicaid.

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Taking the Hill: Advocacy Day Big Success


Last Tuesday, an army of CWLA members and supporters descended on the U.S. Capitol carrying a message to Congressmen from their home states. Advocates asked their Representatives and Senators to preserve federal funding for children and families in the context of fiscal reform and deficit reduction, enact comprehensive child welfare financing reform, and to protect, leverage, and successfully implement the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act and the Affordable Care Act. This was all done under the banner of CWLAs
These Cuts Wont Heal campaign.

Participants were informed, prepared, and energized by the CWLA National Conference events that led up to Advocacy Day. Members of Congress and their staff received highly relevant information at a critical point in time relative to finalizing the FY 2011 budget and moving forward with debate and decisions on the FY 2012 budget.

Visits to Capitol Hill were followed by a Congressional Reception, where scores of Advocacy Day participants shared their experiences. Many had what they characterized as substantive meetings with Senators, Representatives, and their staff. Some talked about their eagerness to meet with members of Congress again and to follow up what began in Washington with additional efforts in their home states and Congressional districts.

At the reception, CWLA presented of the Congressional Advocate Award to Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Charles Grassley (R-IA)a capstone moment in celebration of a reenergized commitment to advocacy for children and families across the nation. CWLAs 2011 Legislative Agenda, which provides more detailed information about goals and priorities for this year, is available online here.

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Budget Webcast Today: These Cuts Wont Heal


As part of These Cuts Wont Heal, CWLAs budget campaign, the government affairs division is hosting a series of members-only webcasts.
Registration is open for the next webcast, which will be today at 3 p.m. EST. This webcast will include up-to-date information on the latest budget proposals, as well as updates on the overall federal budget debate. There will also be a discussion about which members of Congress may be most in need of hearing from child welfare advocates.

In addition, CWLA has done a comprehensive rundown about the FY 2011 budget process and related information. These materials are available online here.

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Key Upcoming Dates for Congress



  • April 5: House Budget Committee proposal for FY 2012 will be released.

  • April 8: Continuing Resolution expires.

  • April 1829: Spring recess.



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