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By Allen Fennewald

9/6/2016

When Congress adjourns for recess, youth welfare advocates often take a break during the summer. However, with the presidential election this fall, many advocates have been working to make the most of the brief time Congress will be doing business on Capitol Hill this session, which begins Sept. 6.

The House will be in session until Sept. 30, while the Senate will adjourn Oct. 7, both returning Nov. 14, after the U.S. election.

“The pressure is on for Congress to get out of town quickly and try to get back in their districts,” said John Sciamanna, Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) vice president of public policy. “I think a lot of people think they will pass a lot of short-term funding before the election.”

Like Sciamanna, many advocates spent the recess working to promote issues like …

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