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Budget Tomorrow—Cuts Expected

The Administration is expected to release the 2018 budget on Tuesday, May 23. That budget will provide the specifics of the significant cuts the President had proposed in March.  It should also shine some light on other parts of the President’s proposals including his tax cut package and possible government reorganization and reductions.  The 2018

CBO Budget Score on Health Care Bill Wednesday

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), will release their updated study of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on Wednesday, May 24. Technically the House is still holding the bill pending the CBO before it is sent to the Senate.  There has been some wild speculation that the House may have to re-vote again if the

Groups In Support of SSBG Gear Up for Proposed Budget Cut

If you haven’t seen it before, a coalition group including CWLA has sent Capitol Hill a letter of support of SSBG that will serve as a reminder to Capitol Hill on the importance of SSBG if the Tuesday budget includes its elimination.  The letter includes more than 75 national organizations and organizations and agencies from

Immigration Statement

The Child Welfare League of America has joined onto a Five Principles to Guide Any Changes to Immigration Law, Policy or Procedure. Joining with other national, state and local organizations, the signatories agree that children require special care in any immigration legislation including legislation that may deal with increased enforcement.  The statement highlights 5 key

Analysis Shows States Losses Under House Medicaid Cap

A new study by the Center for Health Policy at the Brookings Institution shows states would be losing more than $17 billion in Medicaid spending through the per capita cap if the American Health Care Act (AHCA) had been in effect. The analysis, Effects of the Medicaid Per Capita Cap Included in the House-Passed American

Full Budget Release May 23, What’s Next

The President is now expected to release his budget on May 23. That budget will outline the specifics of the significant cuts the President had proposed in his earlier this year.  It may also shine some light on other parts of the President’s proposals including his tax cut package, changes regarding government reorganization and government

Senate Plans For Moving Health Care

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), will release their updated study of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) the week of May 22. CBO normally would score a bill before the House had voted on it but leadership in the House was in a rush to get a final vote once they had enough to pass

Congress One-Step Closer on ACA Repeal

The House of Representatives voted 217 to 213 to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) moving Congress just one house away from replacing the ACA with a Medicaid block grant, reducing the essential health benefits (including mental health and substance use treatment), and weakened guarantees for people with pre-existing health care conditions.  All but

2017 Budget Done, Who Won and What’s Next

The Senate gave final approval to an omnibus appropriations bill on Thursday, May 4.  The legislation was unveiled Monday and moved quickly through the process.  As a result, we are now finished with FY 2017 which ends on September 30, 2017. After the unveiling the fight turned to who won and who lost.  The President

President’s EO Religious on Placement Discrimination Held Back Again

The President issued an executive order last Thursday that was intended to address the goals of his more conservative religious base by providing greater “religious freedom,” but after earlier initial reports, he did not include language that would allow for discrimination in the placement of children in foster and adoptive homes. A draft that had