Daily Update June 22, 2016

Family First Preservation Services Act passes House

U.S. House Proceedings
June 21, 2016
HR 5456 – Family First Preservation Services Act

Mr. Buchanan moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. HR 5456 – “To amend parts B and E of title IV of the Social Security Act to invest in funding prevention and family services to help keep children safe and supported at home, to ensure that children in foster care are placement in the least restrictive family like and appropriate settings and for other purposes.

  • HR 5456 was considered under suspension of the rules.
  • The House proceeded with 40 minutes of debate (below)
  • On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
  • Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

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This evening, the U.S. House passed the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016 (HR 546) through a unanimous voice vote. 
Ways & Means Subcommittee Chairman Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Ways & Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), Ways & Means Subcommittee Ranking Member Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL), and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) spoke on the floor to the critical need to reform the child welfare system and how H.R. 5456 takes steps toward realizing those needed changes. Representatives Doggett and Bass, while offering their support for the bill, also highlighted some of the ongoing challenges that the child welfare system continues to face and the need to watch for unintended consequences as these reforms are implemented.
The bill will now move on to the Senate for action. As we shared previously, the Senate plans to take up the same version of the bill that was passed by the House. 
CBO Score Released
Earlier today, the Congressional Budget Office score of the FFPSA was released as well.
Share Your Questions about FFPSA
Please remember to submit your questions about the bill. Though we understand that major changes to the bill will not be made, we've also heard that if minor technical fixes are suggested, that there may be an opportunity to suggest those. We need to hear from you about the kinds of things you may have questions about. Thesummary of the bill that the Alliance and PCG Consulting Group put together may be useful as you work to surface questions.
With warm regards,
Marlo Nash
SVP, Public Policy and Mobilization
Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
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