A number of members of the Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance paid a visit to our Michigan US Senators during the NCA Leadership Conference in Washington DC on June 7,2011. At 8am the Michigan Delegation met with Senator Stabenow at her Hart Senate Office Building and then met with one of her policy aides after the meeting with the Senator to further clarify the issues we discussed with the Senator. At 2:30pm, the Michigan Delegation met with the Chief Policy Advisor to Senator Levin at his Russell Senate Office Building.
During the meetings we discussed the importance of the CAC movement in Michigan and the number of CAC’s and the work they do in Michigan. We also discussed the fact that CAC’s in Michigan receive federal funding through sub-grants that are administered by the Michigan Chapter and development grants administered by the National Children’s Alliance. We discussed the difficult budget times in Washington DC and the current status of the federal budget cycle for FY2012. We requested that the Senators support the President’s FY2012 proposed funding levels for the Victims of Child Abuse Act Monies which is where our federal funding comes from. The Presidents FY2012 proposed budget calls for 20 million dollars in funding for the Victims of Child Abuse Act which is an 11% reduction from FY2010 levels. We advised the Senators that any cuts greater than the 11% would result in victims of child abuse in Michigan not receiving the services they and their families need.
Both Senators indicated that there are those who favor deeper cuts then recommended in the Presidents proposed budget. We discovered that both of our Senators are in support of the Victims of Child Abuse Act funding that is included in the Presidents proposed FY2012 budget and they would support that level of funding.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions about our Washington DC Hill Day visits and I will have a detailed report at our next Chapter Board meeting.