White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

The Biden-Harris Administration will host the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health on September 28, 2022. The conference can be viewed online, and the conference agenda is available here. The White House has identified five pillars that will serve as the focus for the upcoming conference, which is the first White House conference

Advocates Urge Child Nutrition Updates Ahead of White House Conference

In a blog post published on August 31, 2022, the American Federation for State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) noted that the White House's announcement "that it will hold the first conference on hunger, nutrition and health in more than half a century on Sept. 28 shines a light on another glaring issue – Congress

New Data Details Significant Decline in Child Poverty Since 1993

On Sunday, September 11th, the New York Times, in conjunction with Child Trends, published a new analysis which reports that childhood poverty has fallen 59% since 1993. "With little public notice and accelerating speed, America’s children have become much less poor" over the last 25 years, the article states. The analysis includes data through 2019,

Appropriations Negotiations Continue

With less than a month to go until the start of the new fiscal year on October 1st, Congress has not agreed on any of the 12 appropriations bill necessary to fund the government. Both the House and Senate Democrats have posted Labor-HHS appropriations bills that include much-needed funding increases for child welfare and child

President Biden Signs Reconciliation Package Into Law

On Tuesday, August 16, 2022, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, marking a significant win for his administration that meets several of his campaign promises. As previously reported, this spending bill was negotiated primarily between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and focuses on climate change, healthcare,

Senate Passes Reconciliation Bill with Tie Breaking Vote from Vice President Harris

On Sunday, August 7th, 2022, the Senate passed its historic spending bill that will address climate change, healthcare, and taxes on a strictly party-line vote, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the final vote to break the 50-50 tie. This reconciliation package was negotiated primarily between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Joe

Senators Schumer, Manchin Release Reconciliation Deal

On Wednesday, July 27th, 2022, Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that they had reached a deal on a budget reconciliation package, two weeks after negotiations on climate change fell apart. The news came as a surprise to many colleagues, as the two Senators met in secret to discuss the details and

Senate Democrats Post Appropriations Bills

On Thursday, July 28th, 2022, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) released the twelve Senate Appropriations bills. These bills spend nearly $1.7 trillion for fiscal year 2023 and represent the priorities and stances of the Senate Democrats; appropriators still have not reached an agreement on top-line spending numbers, and Republican leaders have indicated that

House Budget Committee Hearing on Investing in Children

On Wednesday, July 20, 2022, the House Budget Committee held the hearing “Examining the Powerful Impact of Investments in Early Childhood for Children, Families, and Our Nation’s Economy.” The conversation was centered on whether making federal investments in children is beneficial or not. With the documents and testimonies provided it is very clear that investing

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