Children’s Monitor

Home Visiting and CHIP Extended For Two Years

Late last Tuesday the Senate gave final approval to the Medicare SRG “doc fix” and in doing so also extended by two years the home visiting program (Maternal and Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting—MIECHV) and the CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program).  The Senate followed the House in an overwhelming vote of approval by 92 to 8.  All eight votes […]

HELP Committee Moves ESEA Legislation Out Of Committee

On Thursday, April 16 the Senate HELP Committee gave a unanimous vote of approval to a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  The unnumbered bill is called the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015.  It would replace the current ESEA reauthorization more commonly known as the “No Child Left Behind Act.”  The unanimous vote […]

Negotiations Continue On Budget Resolution

Both houses have named their Budget Committee conference committee members but any final deal will be driven by what Republican members can build a consensus around.  While both resolutions (H. Con Res 27 and S. Con. Res. 11 ) have a great deal in common, significant defense spending increases, cuts between $5.5 trillion to $4.5 trillion, leaving in place […]

Tax Day, President Promotes Child Care Tax Credit, New Report Released

The President used April 15, tax day to highlight his proposed expansion of a child care expansion proposal first unveiled in January.  The President called for an expanded child care credit which is designed to compliment and wrap around federal child care funding.  The current child care tax credit would be expanded for families with children under 5 years […]

Tax Day Bring Reintroduction of Refundable Adoption Tax Credit Bill

On Wednesday, April 15 Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) introduced the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act of 2015.  It makes the current adoption tax credit fully refundable. The adoption tax credit was made permanent in the American Taxpayer Relief Act in January 2013 but the law did not extend the refundability provisions that applied to […]

Congress Returns With Goal of Single Budget Resolution

Congress returns this week with one of its top goals the passage of a single House-Senate budget resolution. The agreements that allowed the House and Senate budget resolutions (H. Con Res 27 and S. Con. Res. 11 ) to pass included significant defense spending increases but those increases were included because both houses classified it as “emergency” spending. That […]

Groups Issue Joint Statement On LGBT Parenting

Last week the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) joined Voice for Adoption (VFA), the Donaldson Adoption Institute, and the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) in issuing a joint statement on Parenting of Children by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Adults.

The statement says: (we) “believe that children deserve every opportunity to have a permanent, loving family, and […]

Letter In Support of SSBG Now Open For More Signatures

A letter that went to Capitol Hill on March 12, with more than 65 national organizations signing on in support of the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) has now been re-opened for signatures by state and local organizations, associations and governments. Sign up can be accessed here.

The two budget resolutions being negotiated did not specifically single out SSBG for […]

Bipartisan Senate ESEA Legislation Released, Votes Start Tuesday

Late Tuesday, April 7, HELP Committee Chair and Ranking Member Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released a bipartisan draft to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The law more commonly known as the “No Child Left Behind Act” since its last reauthorization in 2002, will be taken up and debated starting on Tuesday.

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Doc Fix Would Extend Home Visiting, CHIP, Medicaid TMA, Teen Pregnancy

When the Senate returns it is hoped that they will quickly follow up on a March 26 approval by the House of Representatives to replace the Medicare SRG “doc fix” and also extend by two years two key programs: the home visiting program, MIECHV for two years and a two year extension of the CHIP program, the Children’s Health […]