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 that it will just adhere to the recent two-year agreement which has already set a top-line spending amount for next year. Given the separate paths already set by the House and Senate, the work of the actual appropriation committees will be the focus of much of the advocacy activity over the coming months.

On the child support front, the Senate Finance Committee bill (S. 1870/S. 1877) still awaits floor action. Given the recent confirmation of Senator Max Baucus (D-MY) as ambassador to China, the Committee and its work is in transition, with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) now Committee chair. The key Democratic staff person on the Committee who had child support as one of her responsibilities has also announced her departure from the Committee.

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