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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 

President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.

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VA Congressional Delegation Earns Poor Marks on Children's Issues

February 27, 2008

Richmond, VA - Virginia's Congressional delegation gets poor marks overall on children's issues, according to a Children's Defense Fund Action Council report released today. The non-partisan report rates members of both houses of Congress for their votes on a variety of legislation affecting children, including health care, education, and budget issues. It placed Virginia's delegation at 37th in the nation.

Mary Dunn Stewart with Voices for Virginia's Children says one big issue that Congress hasn't resolved is expanding S-CHIP, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which she says helps keep families afloat.

"Many child advocates would judge it as not successful, that they weren't able to re-authorize it and expand the program to the lower-income kids who really do need the health insurance."

Three Virginia congressmen earned perfect scores on the survey, but a majority were rated at 40 percent or below. Senator James Webb received a 90 percent rating, while Senator John Warner pulled a score of 60.

While Stewart worries that the war and the economy will dominate the upcoming election, she hope the political season will still provide a chance to spotlight children's issues.

"It's hard to know, but for us as child advocates, it's sort of our job to ensure that we remain on the agenda and that we are able to compete with the other interests, so I hope so."

Critics say the report doesn't take into account other factors that affect votes, like the cost to taxpayers. Overall, Congress scored better than last year.

The full report is at

John Robinson/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - VA