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Learn More About CWLA's No Caps on Kids! Campaign and How You Can Help

12/8/2005:   Join CWLA's No Caps on Kids! Campaign to make sure the voices of children, youth, families, and those people and agencies who serve them are heard on Capitol Hill during this year's federal budget process. Elected officials must know that funding limits or cuts for programs that serve abused and neglected children and their families are unacceptable.

CWLA has been leading the charge on Capitol Hill to ensure that Congress does not jeopardize federal programs currently in place that support abused and neglected children. We need your help to spread the word and engage others in this effort both nationally and locally. The No Caps on Kids! Campaign page of CWLA's website contains many valuable resources, including summaries, talking points, sample letters, alerts, and more. We hope you will visit the site an share this link with your colleagues.

The United States Senate and House of Representatives have each passed their own versions of a budget reconciliation bill. The Senate and House bills are very different bills in terms of overall cuts made over five years, as well as the various programs included.

The House bill includes cuts to a stunning array of services, including foster care. The Senate bill does not contain the cut to foster care. This will be one of the differences between the Senate and House bills that will be resolved by members of a Senate-House conference committee. That committee will craft a final compromise bill that will be voted on by both the Senate and House. In early December, members of the conference committee will be appointed and begin negotiations on a final budget reconciliation bill. We will be keeping you informed as the committee moves forward.


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