Children's Defense (hearts) the RI delegation

In singling out Senators Reed and Whitehouse as among the best on issues affecting children, the Children's Defense Fund also has this to say:

WASHINGTON, DC – The Children’s Defense Fund Action Council (CDFAC) today released its 2007 Nonpartisan Congressional Scorecard, naming Rhode Island’s Congressional Delegation as one of the nation’s best for children. Rhode Island’s Members of Congress collectively voted to protect the well-being of children 100 percent of the time in 2007, ranking first among all 50 states. The Scorecard overall showed some important legislative successes but noted some missed key opportunities to improve the lives of children in 2007.


“The Children's Defense Fund Action Council applauds Members of Rhode Island’s Congressional Delegation who voted to make the health and well-being of children in Rhode Island a priority,” said CDFAC President Marian Wright Edelman. “With 9.4 million uninsured children in America and nearly 13 million living in poverty, it is critical that Congress be committed to helping children. Members of Congress from Rhode Island are dedicated advocates for children and together they have truly earned the distinction of being among the best Congressional delegations for children.”


The average scores for Members of Congress in both the House of Representatives and the Senate improved from the previous three years with more Members scoring 100 percent than in 2004, 2005 or 2006. However, Congress failed to provide health coverage for even one-third of the children currently uninsured in America. The Scorecard, which grades every Member of the House and Senate based on ten key votes affecting children, calls on voters to hold their legislators accountable for their votes. 


The Scorecard highlights Congress’s failure to override President Bush’s veto of legislation to extend health coverage to 3.1 million more uninsured children. But it also credits Members from the state of Rhode Island for helping make important progress for children and families in 2007 by passing:


• The first increase in the minimum wage in a decade, bringing it from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour by 2009, which is expected to benefit the parents of approximately 6.4 million children under 18.

• Access and quality improvements in Head Start to help more young children start school ready to succeed.

• Additional funds for student loans to help many more youth attend college.

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