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Published on Sep 23, 2011
On September 23, 2011, Senator Cantwell hailed the unanimous Senate passage last night of the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act (H.R. 2883), which would allow states like Washington to continue innovative programs that reduce foster care caseloads and achieve positive outcomes for children without being penalized by losing federal funding. A cosponsor of the Senate version legislation (S. 1542), Cantwell helped secure unanimous Senate Finance Committee approval on September 20th. U.S. Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA-07) supported bipartisan companion legislation (H.R. 2883) in the House, which passed 395-25 on September 21st. The legislation now goes to President Obama for his signature.