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New Champions of Child Abuse Prevention Step Forward

  On Tuesday, March 8, Congresswoman Kim Schrier (D-WA) and Congresswoman Lori Trahan (D-MA) began circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter to House offices seeking signers onto a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education requesting significant increases in CAPTA funding. CWLA members and other advocates can call or send an e-mail to their member

A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty

On Thursday, February 28, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) released the results of their nearly two year study on reducing child poverty in the United States, A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty. CWLA President & CEO Chris James-Brown was one of the 15 member committee that studied the issue and wrote

State of Babies Yearbook Unveiled on Capitol Hill

Shaquita Ogletree On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, Zero to Three and Child Trends held the Think Babies Policy Forum and announced the release of the State of Babies Yearbook: 2019. “The first three years of a child’s life shape every year that follows, and the state where a baby is born makes a big difference

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

U.S. Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) Ready to Launch Campaign

  With the NAS report on cutting child poverty in half now released, the U.S. Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is ready to launch their effort and campaign to make it come true. CWLA is a part of this coalition which announced the launch of End Child Poverty U.S., a national campaign to establish a

Poverty Report To Be Released

On Thursday, February 28, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine will release the results of their nearly two years study on reducing child poverty in the United States, A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty. The Academy study is the result of a congressional mandate. The report examines the evidence-based programs and policies that

Teens: 70 Percent See Anxiety and Depression as Major Problem

The Pew Research Center has released a new survey of teens which indicates that seventy percent of teenagers feel that anxiety and depression is a major problem among their peers. An additional 26 percent see it as a minor problem. The problem of anxiety and depression top all other concerns with bullying in second (55

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

Budget Deal Passes, Onto FY 20202 and Unfinished Items

FY 2019 is now complete with 25 percent of the budget agreed to by a combination of a Republican-run Senate and a Republican-run and Democratic-run House of Representatives spread over two congresses (See details below). The fractured process closes a book on the agreed to spending targets set for FY 2018 and FY 2019 and

House Looks at Homelessness in America

by Tessa Buttram On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing entitled, “Homeless in America: Examining the Crisis and Solutions to End Homelessness.” This was the first hearing of the Committee in the 116th Congress. Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) began the hearing by providing an overview on homelessness in the

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