Public Policy News & Headlines
Congress will vote this week on legislation that will begin to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act. Without a replacement, their actions could result in nearly 30 million people, including 4 million children, losing health coverage by 2019, and cause ripple effects for health and human service sectors. Members of 115th Congress need to hear from you, urging them to develop a comprehensive replacement proposal for the Affordable Care Act.
On Friday, Nov. 25, Senate amendments, including those made to the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), became part of the much more comprehensive 21st Century Cures Act. The bipartisan bill will be heard by the House Committee on Rules Nov. 29 at 4 p.m. CT.
The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities was honored to join with our member, Buckner International in Dallas, Texas, to present a congressional briefing on Family Strengthening, Support and Reunification. The Senate Foster Caucus and Congressional Foster Caucus sponsored the event.
Today, a coalition of foster youth, family advocates and health and human services leaders issued a joint statement urging immediate action on the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016 (“Family First Act”), a bipartisan, revenue-neutral bill that would help orient the nation’s child welfare system toward keeping families together and give new tools to improve the lives of millions of children and their families. Children and their families deserve these life changing improvements.
This is the week to pass the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). Email your senators.
After months of providing input into the legislation and discussing draft concepts, followed by several weeks of energized discourse over the bill since it passed in the House in June, the bill must move before Congress leaves for fall recess this Friday. If it doesn’t, $400 million is lost from the financing package as of Oct. 1, which would effectively kill the bill.
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