President Biden Signs Gun Violence Bill

On Saturday, June 25th, 2022, President Biden signed the bipartisan gun safety package into law, the first major gun violence legislation passed in decades. The bill, titled the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, was released by Republican Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Democratic Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). Fifteen

Sixth Report to Congress on Grants to Help Children Affected by Parental Substance Use

The Children's Bureau recently issued the sixth report to Congress on the Regional Partnership Grants program, which support collaboration among child welfare and substance abuse treatment agencies to improve the well-being, permanency, and safety outcomes for children in or at risk of entering foster care due to a parent or caregiver's substance use. The December

Movement on Mental Health Packages

On Wednesday, June 15th, Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID), Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) released a discussion draft for youth mental health care policies. This discussion draft follows a Request for Information (RFI) in the fall of 2021 and four subsequent committee hearings. The

President’s Executive Order on Advancing Equality for LGBTQIA+ Individuals

By Alex Lord-Wilkinson, Policy Intern, Pizzigati Fellow On Wednesday, June 15th, 2022 the President issued an Executive Order (EO) on “Advancing Equality for LGBTQI+ Individuals.” The Executive Order directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other key agencies to establish initiatives to support LGBTQ children and families and address discriminatory state legislation.

Answering the Call: Webinar on New 988 line

By Taylor Savage, Policy Intern On Wednesday, June 15th, 2022, the Bipartisan Policy Center hosted “988: Answering the Call” to discuss their new report containing recommendations for a more comprehensive mental health crisis response system, as well as the transition of the already existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to a new dialing code, 988, this

Updated Information on Children and Vaccines

The Public Health Communications Collaborative released updated Talking Points and Answers to Tough Questions on Children and Vaccines this week, following news that FDA advisors recommended the agency grant emergency use authorization for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for children as young as six months old. The CDC reviewed the issue on Saturday, June 18 and

Treasury Secretary Refutes Criticism of Child Tax Credit Expansion

During a Senate Finance hearing on Wednesday, June 8th, 2022, regarding the President’s FY23 budget request, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) used some of his time to applaud Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen, IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, and Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) on their work involving the implementation of the advanced Child Tax

House Judiciary Committee Approves Gun Control Package

On Thursday, June 2nd, the House Judiciary Committee approved the “Protecting our Kids Act,” a wide-ranging package of gun control legislation, as a response to the tragic shootings in recent weeks. After a long session in the middle of what was supposed to be a recess, the committee voted along party lines to approve the

Formula Shortage Discussions Continue

On May 25, 2022, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee held a hearing, “The Infant Formula Crises,” listening to testimonies relating to the effect of the crisis. Witnesses were Ms. Ginger Carney, the Director of Clinical Nutrition at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Ms. Sarah Chamberlin, the Executive

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