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House Leadership Discusses Repeal and Replace Plan

Last Thursday, February 16, Speaker Paul Ryan went before his Republican caucus to unveil the leaderships repeal and replace plan for the Affordable Care Act. That plan outlined in a white paper still left questions in the minds of some members fearing it didn't go far enough in its repeal or maybe went too far

Cabinet Update: Mulvaney Approved for OMB, Verma on Track for CMS

On Thursday, February 16, Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) became the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.  That likely means a stripped down first year budget for the new Administration will be released in March.  That budget will give the first significant and detailed insight into what the new Administration will do on spending

Human Resources Subcommittee Holds First Hearing

On Wednesday, February 15 the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources held its first subcommittee hearing under their new leadership of Congressmen Adrian Smith (R-NE). The hearing titled, The Changing Geography of US Poverty focused on rural poverty. Several members are new to the subcommittee and much of their focus was on their

Price Wins Approval for HHS

On Friday Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) was approved by the Senate for the Department of Health and Human Services.  The vote was 52 to 47, he was quickly sworn in and his two biggest priorities are likely to be a strategy to repeal the ACA and putting together an HHS budget. Congressmen Mick Mulvaney (R-SC)

Pizzigati Institute on Advocacy for Children, Youth and Families Names Leader

Adele Robinson has been named to head the new Pizzigati Institute on Advocacy for Children, Youth and Families, at the University of Maryland. Until recently Ms. Robinson was best known for her leadership as the Associate Executive Director Policy and Public Affairs at the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and before that

Congress Danny Davis New Ranking Member on Human Resources  

Last week the Democrats announced their members of the key Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources when they announced that longtime child welfare advocate Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) will serve as Ranking Member.  He will be joined by the previous Ranking Member Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and newcomers to the subcommittee Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-CA)

HHS Secretary May Not Get Ok Until Mid-February  

Next Wednesday Congressman Tom Price will go before the Senate HELP Committee for what will be one of two committee hearings.  The hearing before HELP will be important but it is the Senate Finance Committee that is responsible for confirming his nomination.  Finance is working on the Treasury nomination later this week and is expected

House Rule Could Threaten Unauthorized and Mandatory-Funded Programs

In organizing the House last Tuesday, the House of Representatives agreed to a rule that could threaten the existence of programs that have not been reauthorized (e.g. Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, CAPTA, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, JJDPA) and programs that receive mandatory funding (e.g. Promoting Safe and Stable Families, SSBG, CHIP,

In Case You Missed It, HHS Issues Final Regulations and Guidance

Although the new Congress can repeal all regulations issued since early June 2016, the Administration continued to issue key guidance on human service programs through HHS. On Wednesday, December 14, HHS published final regulations for the updated Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) regulations and requirements.  AFCARS data reported by states annually

Congress and President-In-Waiting Big Changes on Horizon

The new 115th Congress will come together for the first time on January 3 and is expected to get to work on a 2017 budget resolution very quickly to provide the first budget reconciliation.  The new Congress will be working around the Monday, January 16, Martin Luther King holiday followed later that week by the