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Key States in Families First Act Debate Have Big Investment In State Funds

For the states that raised objections to parts of the Families First Act, specifically California, New York, Texas and Wyoming, the Child Trends survey gives some perspective. California and New York which raised serious concerns over the re-structuring both draw-down and spend significant amounts on child welfare.   In 2014 California spent slightly more than $4

Speaker Talks Reconciliation, Freshman Seek Changes to Budget and Entitlements

In the past week two discussions were taking place across the two houses of Congress that could dramatically effect budgets, entitlements and policies. In comments made at his regular press briefing, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WS) made clear that he intends to use the budget reconciliation to adopt his conservative agenda if Donald Trump is President

Families First Act, Now What?

There was no vote on the Family First Prevention Services Act, (HR 5456, Conference Report 114-628) as Congress finished a budget deal last week Wednesday.  As a result, the bill still remains in the same place.  That means that it could be finished or dead for this Congress.  There could be one more run at

Congress Adopts CR, Finished Until After Election

Congress adopted a continuing resolution that will provide temporary FY ’17 funding to December 9.  The CR was passed on Wednesday, September 28 and Congress adjourned until the November elections. The action came after a deal was struck on providing $170 million for Flint drinking water crisis.  The Flint funding will not be adopted until

Congress Now In Race To Budget Deadline

After weeks of Congressional dreams of an early departure, Congress is now in a race to make sure the government does not shut down on October 1. No one is really expecting a shutdown but the process has gone on for weeks after leaders had floated the possibility of an early departure.  On Thursday, September

No Change On Families First Act As Fall Session Winds Down

There was no news regarding the passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act, (HR 5456, Conference Report 114-628) as time in this session winds down to a pre-election pause. There were on-going discussions regarding potential amendments and verbal or written assurances to fix the legislation but there did not seem to be any clear

House Passes A JJDPA Reauthorization

While a Senate bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) has been held up in the Senate by Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), the House of Representatives approved a bipartisan bill last Thursday on H.R. 5963, the Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act of 2016. The bill was voted out of

Preventing Child Abuse the Focus on Capitol Hill

KPJR films along with Prevent Child Abuse America held a Capitol Hill briefing, Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.  The briefing focused on a new documentary on child abuse and neglect but included a panel discussion on prevention of child maltreatment. Resilience is a documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film

Shrinking Spending For Children, Child Welfare: 2 Percent of 10 Percent

On Tuesday, September 20, the Urban Institute was the scene for a discussion of the 10th annual report on how federal spending for children’s programs is doing in Washington DC budgeting. The Kids Share  Report and a panel discussion that accompanied the release of the report suggests that children are not doing well, at least

December 9 CR Struggles to Finish Line

Congressional dreams of an early departure last week rapidly dissipated when several issues emerged that slowed down a final deal.  Once again there are members, particularly senators, who are hoping this will be the final week of session until the post-election lame duck session.  The Senate will use a substitute bill to adopt the CR