There’s not a lot of bipartisan support for anything in Washington D.C. these days, but one bill that has support on both sides of the aisle is a proven, cost-effective way to bring children out of poverty.
The Child Support Protection Act – sponsored by Sens. Rockefeller (D-WV), Cornyn (R-TX), Kohl (D-WI) and Snowe (R-ME) – does just that. It gives budget-strapped state and local agencies the funding they need to ensure children are supported by both parents, and lessens spending on safety net programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Child support enforcement, when fully funded and efficiently administered, has had a huge impact on decreasing child poverty.
CSE agencies should be given the resources they need to continue to keep families out of poverty by collecting nearly five dollars for every public dollar spent. This is an impressive return on investment, which is particularly important in these tough economic times.
Please fill out the form at right to ask your senators to co-sponsor this bipartisan bill to help children across the country.