Congress Adopts Coronavirus Emergency Package #2 With Third Bill To Follow

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Congress completed work on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, HR 6201: • An increase in the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) for Medicaid and Title IV-E by 6.2 percent (state by state Medicaid increase, Center on Budget Policy and Priority) • Women, Infants and Children (WIC)—$500 million •

Supreme Court Suspends Hearings

The U.S. Supreme Court, on Monday, March 16, 2020, put off oral arguments scheduled for at least two weeks. Arguments were scheduled for March 23, March 25, and March 30 to April 1. Included in the cases were arguments on the President’s financial and tax records, deportation relief for unauthorized immigrants, the extent to which

CWLA Postpones Conference Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Dear CWLA Colleagues, CWLA was founded 100 years ago by a group of child- and family-serving organizations who were committed to improving the health and well-being of children and families across the country. As we approach our 100th anniversary conference, we are confronted with a global crisis that challenges this important commitment. It is with

House Works to Move on Covid-19 Virus Relief Package

After several days of back and forth, the House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, HR 6201, on Friday night. The House vote was 363 to 40. The Senate left on Thursday but is expected to take the legislation up this week after canceling their one week break. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Why We Need to Count All Kids in Census 2020

The Constitution requires an accurate count of the nation’s population-–a census–every ten years. Unfortunately, the 2010 census missed more than 10 percent of young children, about 2.2 million children, age four or younger. Unless we act, we might miss even more young children in 2020. When we miss young children in the census it has

Combatting Child Poverty in America

On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, the House Ways and Means Worker and Family Support Subcommittee held a hearing on “Combating Child Poverty in America.” The hearing focused on how we can work to end child poverty and ways in which Congress can work “together with researchers, local leaders, and the communities themselves to meet that

Administration Seeks Comments on Changes to Poverty Measure

The Administration (through a request by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)) is seeking comments on how to change the U.S. poverty measure. Changes in the poverty measure would affect how and if people, states and communities qualify for federal programs and funding. To ensure consideration, the comments must be provided in writing no

Administration Budget Sets Up Cuts And Debates for 2020

The Administration released its FY 2021 budget on Monday, February 10, 2020. This year’s budget, A Budget for America’s Future, proposes a number of human service cuts and human service funding increases but overall includes reductions in non-defense spending despite last year’s budget agreement. The President’s FY 2021 budget should be based on last summer’s

“Did You See Him?”: Poverty in America

Series of Hearings on Administration Actions that Threaten the Welfare of Children On February 5 and 6, 2020, four subcommittees of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform held four hearings to examine the negative effects of regulations proposed by the Trump Administration relating to children including child poverty, housing, hunger, and health. On Wednesday,

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