Congress Attempts CR This Week, Boehner Surprise Alters Outcome

With limited action last week beyond the Pope’s visit to Washington and Congress, the status of a government shutdown looked less clear until Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) surprise announcement that he will be leaving both his position and Congress at the end of October. Signals coming from the House are that the more conservative elements in the House Republican […]

Poverty Numbers Remain Unchanged

The poverty rate in 2014 changed little from the previous Census data according to the annual release by the Census Bureau.  The income report was released on Wednesday, September 16 and it showed that In 2014, the official poverty rate was 14.8 percent with 46.7 million people in poverty.

The poverty rate for children under age 18 was 21.1 percent also […]

Appropriations Strategy Unclear With 7 Legislative Days Left

Congress has approximately 7 legislative session days left before we reach the end of the fiscal year on September 30. It is not clear when and how the two houses will move on a continuing resolution (CR).

Congress will have no legislative days during the Jewish holidays and the Pope’s visit and speech to Congress and that means there are […]

With December Session Possible Action Child Welfare

With Congress likely to be discussing appropriations into December there is time for a number of issues and in some cases Congress will have to act. One possibility that was mentioned in early August by Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is a mark-up of child welfare legislation. That is still uncertain and contingent on some bipartisan agreement and […]

Items For Congressional Action


Once Congress gets beyond appropriations this month they have a number of other areas that either must be addressed or could receive action:

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). TANF must be reauthorized or at least extended beyond September 30. Earlier this summer there were some positive bipartisan developments regarding a five year extension. That positive momentum was expected to […]

Government Accountability Office Looks At Social Impact Bonds

On September 9, the GAO issued a report, Collaboration Among Federal Agencies Would Be Helpful as Governments Explore New Financing Mechanisms that examined the use of social impact bonds and their potential as well as where the federal government can play a roll.

Social Impact Bonds are a concept designed to bring together government, non-profit and for-profit communities to address […]

September 14th, 2015|Categories: Budget, Children's Monitor, General, Home News||0 Comments

Early Learning Advocates’ Hopes For ESEA

One of the issues for the fall session is the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) or (since the last reauthorization in 2002) more commonly referred to as the No Child Left Behind Act. Both the Senate and House have passed very different versions. In negotiating their differences during a Conference Committee, advocates are seeking improvements […]

Commissioner Chang Leaving As Head of Children’s Bureau

On August 7, Associate Commission Joo Yeung Chang, announced her departure from her position as head of the Children’s Bureau. She will be leaving on September 3. President Obama appointed Commissioner Chang to head the Children’s Bureau in September 2013 and she is the only person to hold that position in the Obama Administration.

The Children’s Bureau position and the […]

HHS Proposes Changes to SACWIS-Child Welfare Information Systems

On August 11, HHS issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) on state child welfare information systems. Under the NPRM, HHS proposes to revise the regulations for the Statewide and Tribal Automated Child Welfare Information System—sometimes referred to as SACWIS. SACWIS, extended in 2012 to cover tribes, is the information system and technology that states use to collect […]

Wyden Bill: S 1964 As Good For Child Welfare As It Was For Civil Rights?

On Wednesday, August 5, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), the Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee introduced the Family Stability and Kinship Care Act, S 1964 with 7 additional cosponsors for the Senate Finance Committee.

The legislation had been circulated as a draft in the late spring and Wyden received feedback from more than 60 organizations. At introduction the bill […]