Capitol Correspondence - 11.13.18

Senate Democrats Call for Review of HHS Migrant Funding

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ANCOR is sharing this article by Politico Pro because some of the funding described below was diverted from the Administration for Community Living (ACL), which oversees certain I/DD community programs and grants. ANCOR’s International Council has been discussing this issue – please email Esme Grant Grewal at [email protected] for more information.

“The Democrats — led by Sen. Chris Van Hollen and joined by Sens. Brian Schatz, Chris Murphy, Jeff Merkley and Tom Udall — are calling on Senate appropriators to examine how HHS is planning to fund the care and reunification of migrant children separated from their families.

‘Congress maintains a critical oversight role of the details and potential impact of these transfers,’ the Democrats write, adding that HHS has not explained the cost of care and the agency’s plan for long-term funding. ‘[W]e believe there is value in holding a hearing to give HHS the opportunity to provide the Subcommittee with more information on this issue.’” Read the letter.