2008-11-07 / Top Stories

Clinton: No Justification For Cutting Support Payments

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton issued the following statement on the newly imposed $25 fee being taken from child support payments for New York children to off-set federal funding cuts for child support enforcement.

"There is no justification for denying struggling children and families a penny of their child support to pay for administrative costs.

In these hard economic times for New York families, $25 can go towards groceries, medicine, and other important expenses.

This fee should be stopped immediately and I will continue to press for Congress to rectify this wrong by providing adequate funding for child support enforcement."

In September, Senator Clinton joined a bipartisan coalition of senators in calling on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to increase funding for child support enforcement in the wake of cuts being implemented by New York and other states across the country as a result of deep federal spending cuts for child support enforcement included in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.

The senators succeeded in securing funding in the Senate version of the economic recovery package approved in early October, but the House failed to approve the funding so it was not included in the final bill.

Senator Clinton will continue to pursue legislative options for reinstating adequate child support enforcement funding.

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