Budget Repeats Unsuccessful Cuts and Ideas

The President’s budget, with greater detail later today or this week does reveal enough to demonstrate that the Administration is going a third round on some past budget cuts that went nowhere in a Congress run by his own party. The general descriptions provided included in the Budget for a Better America outline, proposes cuts

President’s Child Care Likely Not Building on Bipartisan Progress of 2014-2019

Despite the advocacy for more child care funding, the President’s child care proposal does not increase funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) beyond the 2019 budget of $5.2 billion. It does propose a small $216 million in child care mandatory funding under the TANF law. Instead the major initiative by the

Immigration Bill Introduced

The DREAM and Promise Act was introduced on Tuesday, March 12 by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), with Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY) as the lead sponsors out of a total of 202 cosponsors. It takes 218 votes to pass the House. The bill addresses two issues: the fate of young people

Senators Oppose Waiver to South Carolina on Child Welfare Recruitment

A group of 40 senators sent a letter to Health and Human Secretary Alex Azar on Wednesday, March 13, condemning the recent decision by HHS to grant a religious exemption from federal nondiscrimination laws and regulations for state-contracted child welfare agencies in South Carolina. Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-OR, Senator Dianne Feinstein

Congressional Leaders Ask HHS to Step Up On Family First

  On Thursday, March 7, four key congressional leaders on child welfare asked HHS Secretary Alex Azar to increase the HHS efforts on the implementation of the Family First Act. The letter signed by Senate Finance Committee Chair Charles Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ways and Means Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support

House Judiciary Looks To Future Action on Immigration Protections

  Jay Williams While one committee was hearing from the Secretary of Homeland Security last week, the House Judiciary Committee convened a hearing on Protecting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Recipients. The witness panel included Jim Park - Rhodes Scholar, DACA Recipient, Yatta Kiazolu, UCLA Ph.D. Candidate, DED Recipient,

Worker Family Support Subcommittee: Child Care and Family Leave

  Tessa Buttram On Thursday, March 7, the House Ways and Means Worker and Family Support Subcommittee held a hearing entitled, Leveling the Playing Field for Working Families: Challenges and Opportunities. Chairman Danny Davis (D-IL) opened the hearing saying that “Lack of affordable child care and paid leave are not “some of us” problems but

CAPTA Reauthorization Coming in Weeks, Maybe Days

  A reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) could move early this spring. Behind the scenes the key committees in the House and Senate have been working and discussing potential changes. The key committees are the House Education and Labor Committee and the Senate HELP Committee. Although Congress has added to

CFPB Attempting to Roll Back Protections Against Pay Day Loans

  Jay Williams In January, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director, Kathy Kraninger, continued the efforts of her predecessor, Mick Mulvaney, and proposed a rule change to a regulation that is aimed at stopping the debt trap that some low-income wage earners face when they access payday loans. Payday loans allow advance payments on a

Annual Poverty Guidelines Updated

The Department of Health and Human Services updated their annual poverty guidelines this month. The annual guidelines set poverty at $12,490 for 1, $16,910 for 2, $21,330 for three and $25,750 for a family of four. There are separate calculations for Alaska (a family of four is $32,190) and Hawaii (a family of four is

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