Tag Archives: Advocacy

Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act Passes the House

On September 21, the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act, HR 2883, overwhelmingly passed in House of Representatives. This bill amends title IV part B (Child and Family Services) of the Social Security Act (SSA) to extend through FY2016 the authorization of appropriations for the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services Program. It also revises requirements for child ... Read More »

The Affordable Care Act-18 Months Later

September 23 marked the 18 – month anniversary since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). New census numbers showed 500,000 more young adults have insurance than last year because of the ACA provision that lets parents keep their children on their plans until they are 26 years old. In addition, 18.9 million seniors have already taken advantage of ... Read More »

Continuing Resolution Vote Soon

On September 14, the House Rules Committee filed a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government after the 2011 Fiscal Year expires on September 30th. The CR will run until November 18, 2011 and funds the government at a level of $1.043 trillion, as established by the Budget Control Act (the debt ceiling agreement). This spending level is about $7 ... Read More »

Female Veterans and the American Jobs Act

When President Obama spoke recently about the American Jobs Act, he specifically outlined a program designed to increase hiring of veterans.  Although this proposal might not strike the reader as being specific to women, it’s important to remember how many women have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with some form of traumatic stress.  Also, in terms of health, some women ... Read More »

Affordable Care Act 101 Conference Call

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT 101 – Sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Choose the following dates for an Interactive Conference Call Discussing the Benefits and Provisions of the Affordable Care Act:  • Tuesday, August 23, at 8 pm ET • Wednesday, August 31, at 12:30 pm ET • Wednesday, September 14, ... Read More »

Super Committee Members Selected

Congressional leadership has made their selections for the Super Committee created by the Budget Control Act (the debt limit legislation). The co-chairs of the Committee will be Senator Patty Murray and Representative Jeb Hensarling. The Senators on the Committee will be Max Baucus, John Kerry, Jon Kyl, Pat Toomey and Rob Portman and the Representatives will be Dave Camp, Fred ... Read More »

NASW Supports Senator & Social Worker Debbie Stabenow’s Policy Record

Last week, The National Review posted an article entitled “Would You Let a Social Worker Handle Your Investment Portfolio?” attacking Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI), and specifically the Battery Innovation Act that Senator Stabenow recently introduced.  The Battery Innovation Act encourages businesses, local government and universities to collaborate on advanced science and engineering efforts related to battery production.  It is specifically ... Read More »

Political Activism: A Civic and Ethical Responsibility

The recent anniversary of our country’s independence reminds us that as Americans we have certain duties that we owe to our country.  Most particularly, citizens have a responsibility to be involved in the political process through voting and can participate in various other forms of activism, such as campaigning, contacting Members of Congress, and joining political organizations. Social workers have ... Read More »

DREAM Act Hearing

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold the first ever Senate hearing on the DREAM Act. Dick Durbin, the United States Senator for Illinois and Assistant Majority leader announced, he will chair the first ever hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security. The hearing will take place on Tuesday June 28, at 10:00 am Eastern ... Read More »

Oregon Passes Memorial Act in Support of Social Work Reinvestment Act

On May 31, 2011, the state of Oregon passed House Joint Memorial 13 urging Congress to support the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1106/S. 584).  This measure was passed overwhelmingly with a vote of 58-2 in the House and 28-1 in the Senate.  In Oregon, a study showed that those graduating with ... Read More »