Another Shutdown Deadline Ahead

The continuing resolution (CR) currently funding the federal government expires this week, on November 17th, 2023. As of this writing, there has been no deal between the House, the Senate, and the White House to continue funding beyond that date, setting up a high-stakes week for Congressional leadership as they work to resolve their funding

Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Holds Two Foster Care Hearings

On October 30, 2023, the Senate Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law held a field hearing in Georgia entitled, “Foster Children in the Courts.” This hearing was the second one to be held in response to reports in February that children in the care of Georgia’s Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) have

Chairwoman Murray Highlights Child Care Funding in Hearing

On November 8, 2023, Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Patty Murray highlighted the need for additional funding for child care during a hearing on the President’s supplemental funding requests for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. In her opening

Issue Brief: Six Months into Unwinding

UnidosUs, along with Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, NAACP, National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH), National Urban League, Southern Poverty Law Center Action Fund, Coalition on Human Needs, and Protect Our Care, released an issue brief regarding

Advancing Equitable Outcomes in Child Welfare: A Toolkit for Sustainability

Lutheran Services in America hosted a webinar on November 1st to introduce their new toolkit entitled “Advancing Equitable Outcomes in Child Welfare”. Panelists Julie McCrae, a senior researcher from Chaplin Hall, Samantha Steinmetz, policy analyst from Chaplin Hall, and Renada Johnson, the Senior Director of Children, Youth, and Family Initiatives at LSA, presented. This toolkit

Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Holds Investigative Hearing on Foster Care

On October 25, 2023, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law held a hearing entitled, “the Human Rights of Foster Children.” In February, following reports that children in the care of Georgia’s Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) have been subjected to abuse and neglect, Subcommittee Chairman Jon Ossoff (D-GA)

Administration Requests Child Care Funding

On Wednesday, October 25, 2023, the Biden-Harris Administration released a statement calling for additional funding for domestic emergency aid priorities, including $16 billion in additional child care funding to address the loss of COVID relief dollars. From the fact sheet: “There are already reports of providers needing to raise parent fees to help cover operating

The Senate Finance Committee on Paid Leave

The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on October 25, 2023, entitled “Exploring Paid Leave: Policy, Practice, and Impact on the Workforce”. Committee Chairman Ron Wyden [D-OR] opened the hearing by talking about how crucial paid leave is to supporting the America workforce. Without it, Americans must decide between caring for loved ones and providing

Senate Judiciary Hearing about Unaccompanied Minors

On October 25, 2023, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing entitled, “Ensuring the Well-Being of Unaccompanied Children, Pt. II,” to examine the efforts of federal agencies to protect migrant children from labor exploitation, human trafficking, and abuse and neglect in foster care. Chairman of the Committee, Senator Dick Durbin [D-IL], delivered the opening statement

House Ways and Means Subcommittee Hearing on Poverty

The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Work and Welfare, held a hearing on October 24, 2023, to examine how the United States government measures poverty. The hearing titled, “How the Biden Administration Plans to Redraw the Poverty Line and Rob Resources from Rural America,” addressed suggestions provided to the government from the National Academy

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