Update from Capitol Hill – December 16, 2014

The 113th Congress will likely adjourn this week, with the House completing its activity and the Senate moving slowly through confirmations of presidential appointments. Last week, the House and Senate adopted a budget continuing funding of nearly all of the federal government through the reminder of federal fiscal year (FFY) 2015. Funding for health and human services programs was extended until the end of the FFY, including those administered by the Office of Child Support Enforcement.

The 114th  Congress will convene on January 6, 2015. While a new Congress is typically slow to start due to committee reorganizations and the development of work plans, the GOP-led House and Senate will work relatively quickly  to try to find a way to stop President Obama’s immigration order through the appropriations bill which did not receive a full-year extension – the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Funding for DHS expires at the end of February.

As the new Congress gets settled, the child support community will find new representatives seated on the committee overseeing the program. GOP members to serve on the Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee have been named. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over child support, TANF and child welfare services, among other programs. Republican members are: Subcommittee Chair: Rep. Charles Boustany (LA); Members: Reps. Todd Young (IN),  Tom Reed (NY), Kristi Noem (SD), Patrick Meehan (PA), George Holding (NC) and Jason Smith (MO). Reps. Noem, Meehan, Holding and Smith are new to the Committee.

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