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Description: They Finally Did It!

Public Policy Notes S outhe r n E a r ly C hild hood As s o ci a tio n They Finally Did It We re happy to report that Congress finally passed an annual omnibus budget bill (after many years of stopgap measures) and it was hailed as a bi-partisan effort. President Obama signed the bill into law on December 18 2016 and the federal government is now funded through the remainder of the fiscal year (September 30 2016). According to a White House press release Today the Presi- December 2015 dent signed into law a bipartisan budget agreement that bolsters our security grows our economy and reflects our values. While no deal is perfect this agreement achieves the three key conditions set forward by the President and Congressional Democrats undoing the harmful cuts known as sequestration investing equally and the American peo- Public Policy Notes ple such as the repeal of What to Look the outdated antigrowth ban on oil exfor in the Next ports. The legislation Issue of Public strengthens our military Policy Notes and protects Americans Information from terrorist threats about the gains while limiting the overin early learnreach of intrusive goving programs ernment bureaucracies that were inlike the IRS and the cluded in the EPA. I appreciate Chairman Rogers s leadership omnibus budgRepublicans also felt that and the entire Appropriet bill they achieved victory in ations Committee for The passage of several areas according to their work in shaping the Every StuHouse Speaker Paul Ryan. this bill. Congress can dent Succeeds Today the House came now move into 2016 Act (ESSA) together to ensure our gov- with a fresh start and a the rewrite of ernment is open and work- plan to return to regular the 2002 No ing for the American peo- order in order to better Child Left Beple. This bipartisan comprotect taxpayer dollars. hind law promise secures meaningful wins for Republicans Updates on in both national security and economic growth and avoiding ideological issues. And it permanently extends vital tax credits benefiting 24 million families a year as well as key tax cuts for companies investing in innovation and small businesses while putting hundreds of billions in business tax breaks on a real path to expiration. Let s End 2015 With the Good News After many years of reporting in this newsletter about budget battles short term financing bills and partisan gridlock it s wonderful to end 2015 on a positive note. The ideological battles are certainly not over but it appears with the new leadership in the House of Representatives a different approach is on the horizon and we will hopefully see government work as it was intended. There s much news to report but the holidays are upon us and who wants to read this stuff right now That said we re only going to give you the good news and make this a brief two-page newsletter. Check out the side column to see what to expect in the January edition. action at the state level Information to keep you updated and in the know Best Wishes for a Wonderful Holiday Season. We ll be back in January Southern Early Childhood Association 1123 S. University Ste 255 Little Rock AR 72204 Phone 800-305-SECA Fax 501-227-5297 E-mail info southernearlychildhood.org www.southernearlychildhood.org How to Use Public Policy Notes If you re interested in advocacy one of the most effective tools that you can have is access to information. This newsletter is provided as a service to locate and share information that we think will be helpful to you in your work at the state level and to keep you updated on what s happening in public policy. You ll find information that Compares your state to other SECA states--how you re doing what issues you have in common what the hot topics are in your states. Brings the national scene to your fingertips and gives you a perspective on how national events might impact you...You ll also receive information about where to find additional information. We hope you ll find it helpful. Children need you to be their voice in your community and state. This monthly newsletter is produced by Glenda Bean SECA Executive Director. SECA strives to provide non-partisan and non-biased information A Voice for Southern Children that is of interest to early childhood educators. Sign up at http www.southernearlychildhood.org public-policy public-policy-notes to receive notice of its availability each month.