Appropriations Discussions Ongoing and Uncertain

Appropriations staffers and committee members continued to work toward beating a December 11 deadline when the government will run out of money. Despite the ongoing work it is unclear whether or not issues around policy riders and, as of last week the issue of Syrian refugees, will prevent a deal before the government shuts down.

Earlier this month the 12 […]

Ryan Becomes New Speaker, Boehner Assists In Clean Slate

On Wednesday, October 28, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WS) became the new Speaker of the House when he won approval by the House Republican caucus. The action became final the next day when the full House as is the custom confirmed the caucus action. Ryan received 200 votes within the Republican caucus. At the same time the current Speaker was […]

Congress Passes Budget and Debt Deal

Shortly after Republicans approved Ryan as the Speaker, the House approved the negotiated budget deal by a vote of 266 to 167 with 187 Democrats and 79 Republicans supporting it. It was immediately sent over to the Senate using a previous bill that allowed Senate leaders to fast track the debate on the deal. Early on Friday morning the […]

House Uncertainly Raises Potential Crisis Points

With a second surprise announcement about the House leadership in less than a month (Boehner retires, McCarthy pulls out of race) the Congress may be heading for a real crisis. Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had what was considered close relationships to many of the most conservative members of the House Republican caucus but that did not prevent a core […]

Group Examines Connecting Research and Child Welfare Practice

On Monday, October 5 the American Youth Policy Forum sponsored a briefing that focused on how state and local child welfare programs address the challenge of converting research to inform policy and practice decisions in the child welfare field. The research was funded by the W. T. Grant Foundation in an effort to improve the use of research and […]

CWLA Goes To Cuba

The Child Welfare League of America led by President and CEO of CWLA Christine James-Brown brought a delegation of child welfare agencies to Cuba to exchange information and approaches regarding child and family well-being. “We are excited to learn about the resilience of families and how they manage without a child welfare system in place,” James-Brown said shortly before […]

What Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill Look Like Under Caps

In June the House and Senate Appropriations Committees passed FY 2016 bills under the current spending caps.

The House bill avoided some of the controversial cuts of the recent past but not all. It de-funds programs to carry out the Affordable Care Act and eliminates funding for Title X family planning, eliminates some 20 Department of Education programs and reduces […]

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 […]