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Is This The Country’s Year In Review?

Children’s Monitor, November 12:  The Thousand Oaks shooting victims: Heartbreaking stories emerge about the 12 lives lost Children’s Monitor, November 5:      The 11 victims shared a dedication to the Tree of Life synagogue Children’s Monitor, May 21:      And now the story of 8 children and their two adult protectors who died

Congress Returns for 2018 Clean-Up and Look to 2019

The 115th Congress returns on Tuesday, November 13 to attempt to finish up their FY 2018 business and start to plan for a new majority in the House and a bigger one in the Senate. By December 7, funding will run out for a handful of departments including Homeland Security and the Justice Department. It

Let the Changes Begin 2019

Both houses will experience significant changes in the 2019 committees with the House flipping control while the existing Republican Senate Majority will be looking to accommodate at least 5 new Senators to in 2019. The Senate: The Senate Finance Committee will have a new Chair with the retirement of Senator Orin Hatch (R-UT). Senator Mike

House Caucuses Set Leadership Elections

House Republicans are expected to vote on their new leadership this week. With Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WS) already leaving due to retirement, Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was campaigning to replace him. Now that effort becomes an election for House Minority Leader. Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) is expected to seek a continuing role as the number

The Budget, the Wall and What Else

It is unclear how much the lame-duck Congress will accomplish in the last legislative days of the 115th Congress. Funding does run out for Homeland Security and the Justice Department and there will need to be some extension. There are hopes that funding will be completed through the end of the fiscal year on September

State Initiatives Expand the ACA Coverage, Governors Could Add More

Election day brought about one of the biggest single day state expansions of the ACA with voters in three states approving Medicaid expansion under the ACA and some new governors could push for more after they are sworn in next year. Voters in Idaho, Nebraska and Utah all had ballot initiatives to expand Medicaid coverage

Ninth Circuit Court Upholds DACA

On Thursday, November 8, the Ninth Circuit Court in California left in place a nationwide injunction keeping the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program alive. The Court, responding to an action led by the California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, found that former President Barack Obama’s creation of the program was a legitimate exercise of

CWLA President’s Statement on Synagogue Violence

On Monday October 29, CWLA President & CEO Chris James-Brown issued the following statement on the recent shootings in Pittsburg and related violence: “CWLA joins the country in mourning the tragedy of this past weekend’s synagogue shooting. Once again, senseless violence strains our comprehension and calls into question what kind of country and society we

CWLA Submits Comments Opposing Flores Regulation

On Monday, October 29, CWLA submitted comments on the Administration’s proposed regulation that would overturn or supersede the 1997 Flores settlement. On Friday, September 7, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a federal register notice that proposes, through the regulation process, to amend a court

Some Changes in Congress Certain After Tuesday

Regardless of tomorrow’s election outcome there will be some significant changes in two of the key congressional committees that oversee child welfare: the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee. The Senate Finance Committee will have a new Chair regardless of the election. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is retiring and if Republicans

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