Capitol Hill Update – August 4, 2014

Congress has recessed for the month of August and will return after Labor Day. Before leaving Washington, DC, the House adopted the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (HR 4980) which contains a number of child support provisions long-sought by NCSEA. Everyone anticipated that the Senate would also pass it before recess, but regrettably Senator Coburn (OK) put a hold on it before recess.  We anticipate passage in September after Congress returns.  In addition, the Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee issued its plan for spending in FY 2015, but that measure is stalled along with all other appropriations bills. When Congress returns in September, it is expected to approve a short-term bill funding the federal government at current levels through the November elections.

Child Support: Once it is adopted by voice vote on both sides of Capitol Hill, HR 4980 is expected to be signed by President Obama soon.  The bill contains the implementing language for the Hague Treaty which would standardize and streamline the process of obtaining and enforcing child support orders across international boundaries

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