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House Budget Resolution Unlikely This Week

This Wednesday is the target date for the House Budget Committee to move a budget resolution for FY 2018. At least that is the goal but it is still an open question as to whether or not they will meet that goal this week.  Since House leadership would like to pass the resolution in one

House Republicans Introduce Home Visiting Bill

Before leaving for the weekend, House Republicans introduced a reauthorization of the MIECHV (Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting), or home visiting program. The bill, the Increasing Opportunity through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act (HR 2824), would extend the program for five years—as CWLA and other advocates have pursued—but provides level funding of $400 million a

ACA: Senate Attempting Quick Action

Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is bound and determined to have a vote on the Senate ACA repeal bill by the end of this month. The logic is that the Senate needs to move the issue one way or another so that the rest of the legislative year and priorities such as a tax

Capitol Hill Groups Lays Out Challenges for Families in Housing Struggle

On Tuesday, a coalition of groups including CWLA sponsored a Capitol Hill briefing, Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Families Experiencing Homelessness. The briefing included Mary Haskett (NC State), Carmela DeCandia (Artemis Associates), Grace Whitney (IMH-E Schoolhouse Connections), Preston Britner (University of Connecticut), Anne Farrell (Chapin Hall, Chicago) and Ruth White (National Council on Homelessness

Administration Appoints Head of Children’s Bureau, Child Support

Last week, the Trump Administration announced the appointment of Jerry Milner as the next head of the Children’s Bureau and Lynn A. Johnson as the new Assistant Secretary for Family Support. Milner becomes the Associate Commissioner at the Children’s Bureau. While holding that formal title, he will also hold the position of Acting Commissioner for

Congress Back For Long Hot Summer

The Congress returns this week for what promises to be a very challenging and unpredictable two-months. Before Congress leaves for the August summer break, they will attempt to deal with most of the 2018 appropriations, raise the debt ceiling, vote out a Senate version of an ACA repeal, continue dealing with the ongoing hearings/controversies on

Administration Vacancies and the Impact

The Partnership for Public Service tracks the progress of Administration hiring.  There are over 1200 positions that require an OK from the US Senate.  Many of these however are somewhat less significant such as commissions, even smaller ambassadorships.  But the Partnership tracks what they consider to be key appointments that include number two and three

Budget Cuts Funding for Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Reduction

The new Davis bill addressing an important need comes on the heels of an Administration budget that cuts a key program that promotes evidence-based teen pregnancy reduction programs. The budget includes the elimination of the evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program, currently funded at $101 million. Ginny Ehrlich, CEO of the National Campaign to Prevent

Trump Administration Brings Back President Bush Appointees

Earlier this month the Administration announced some key appointments within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Clarence Carter is the new head of the Office of Family Assistance.  Carter comes from Arizona where he had served as the Director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security under Governor Jan Brewer.  Most recently he headed

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