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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 […]
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Update from Capitol Hill – June 30

Before leaving for their July 4 recess, congressional leaders announced a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on child welfare, sex trafficking, adoption assistance and child support legislation.  The agreement combines and reconciles three bills that the House passed and three bills adopted by the Senate Finance Committee. The House is expected consider the measure first after the […]
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Capitol Hill Update – June 2, 2014

As summer begins in Washington, D.C., Congress faces a long list of ‘must-pass’ legislation, including tackling all 13 spending bills for federal fiscal year 2015. The Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations measure will likely be one of the last bills Congress will consider, but there is no likelihood of any federal shutdown […]
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Update from Capitol Hill – March 24, 2014

NCSEA has written to the Senate Finance Committee, expressing views on two sections of S. 1870, “Supporting At-Risk Children Act”.  The sections of the bill related to child support, concern the issues of passport denial and parenting time. The NCSEA Board of Directors approved the policy statement on S. 1870 at a special Board briefing […]
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Update from Capitol Hill – March 3

This week, Congress is reviewing the Obama administration’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal. The policy and spending proposals serve as a starting point for much of the legislative work for the rest of the year. The House Budget Committee is also likely to begin drafting its blueprint soon, while the Senate Budget Committee has announced […]
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Update from Capitol Hill – February 3, 2014

The bipartisan Child Support Improvement and Work Promotion Act (S. 1877) continues to await floor action. Adopted by the Senate Finance Committee in December, the bill is among three human services-related bills that it adopted. None have made it to the floor yet, due to the press of other legislative business, including the farm bill […]
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Senate Committee Advances Child Support Bill

As Congress prepared to leave Washington for the holidays, the Senate Finance Committee considered and adopted a bipartisan bill containing changes to child welfare and child support programs. The Supporting At-Risk Children Act (S. 1870) (bill summary)  contains provisions long sought-after by NCSEA, including provisions language implementing the Hague Treaty, resolving inconsistencies between the  Uniform […]
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