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    This page contains Congressional resolutions. Resolutions indicate the topics that legislators care about, but cannot legislate about.

01-NGA14 on Sep 7, 2001

Resolution: the National Governors Association position paper:
Source: National Governors Association "Issues / Positions"

The Issue

Despite an ongoing need to provide social services to families, the elderly, and the disabled, federal funding for the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) has been cut dramatically over the past few years, indicating a weakening of the historic state-federal partnership to serve needy Americans. In 1996, as part of the historic welfare reform agreement, Congress agreed to provide the states $2.38 billion each year for SSBG. Since that time, funding has been chipped away little by little. This year, SSBG is funded at $1.725 billion.

NGAís Position

The nationís Governors have consistently supported the broad flexibility of the SSBG and are adamantly opposed to cuts in federal funding for the program. Governors believe that funding for SSBG is among the most valuable federal investment that can be made for the nationís most vulnerable population. Further cuts will be difficult for state and local governments to absorb and will cause a disruption in the delivery of the most critical human services. Governors believe that funding for SSBG should be restored to $2.38 billion, and transferability should be permanently restored to 10 percent, the levels that were agreed to as part of the 1996 welfare reform law.

In 1996, Governors reluctantly agreed to a slight reduction in funding for SSBG, from $2.8 billion to $2.38 billion, with the understanding that funding would remain at $2.38 billion through fiscal 2002, and then return to $2.8 billion. However, the federal government has consistently broken that promise. The nationís Governors strongly urge Congress and the administration to reject the proposed cuts and to restore funding and flexibility to the program.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 6. Question 6: Privatize Social Security Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Welfare & Poverty
  • Headline: Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding (Score: 1)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 01-NGA14

Roy Barnes s1aGA Former Democratic Governor (1999-2002) 
Ben Cayetano s1aHI Former Democratic Governor (1994-2002) 
Gray Davis s1aCA Former Democratic 
Howard Dean s1aPOTUS Democrat 
Mike Easley s1aNC Democrat Governor (elected 2000; retired 2008) 
Parris Glendening s1aMD Former Democratic Governor (1995-2002) 
Jim Hodges s1aSC00 Former Democratic Governor (1999-2002) 
Bob Holden s1aMO Former Democratic Governor (2001-2004) 
John Kitzhaber s1aOR Democratic Governor 
Gary Locke s1aWA Former Democratic Governor (1997-2004); Cabinet (Commerce) 
Ruth Ann Minner s1aDE Former Democrat Governor (retired 2008) 
Ronnie Musgrove s1aMS Democratic challenger (2008), previously Governor 
Frank O'Bannon s1aIN Former Democratic Governor (1997-2003) 
Jeanne Shaheen s1aNH Democratic Sr Senator 
Don Siegelman s1aAL Former Democratic Governor (1999-2002) 
Tauese Sunia s1aAS00 Former Democratic Governor 
Tom Vilsack s1aIA Former Democratic Governor (1994-2002); Cabinet Sec'y (USDA) 
Bob Wise s1aWest Virginia Democrat 



Republicans participating in 01-NGA14

Lincoln Almond s1aRI00 Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
Jeb Bush s1aFL Republican Governor 
Donny DiFrancesco s1aNJ00 Former Republican Governor (2001) 
Mike Foster s1aLA Former Republican Governor (1996-2003) 
Jim Geringer s1aWY Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
Jim Gilmore s1aVA Republican Senate Challenger; previously Governor 
Bill Graves s1aKS Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
Kenny Guinn s1aNV Former Republican Governor (1999-2006) 
John Hoeven s1aND Former Republican Governor (2000-2010) 
Jane Dee Hull s1aAZ Former Republican Governor (1997-2002) 
Bill Janklow s1aSD00 Former Republican Governor (1979=1986 & 1995-2002) 
Mike Johanns s1aNE Former Republican Governor (2005-2007); elected Senator 2008 
Frank Keating s1aOK00 Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
Judy Martz s1aMT Former Republican Governor (2001-2005) 
Scott McCallum s1aWI00 Former Republican Governor (2001-2002) 
William Owens s1aCO Former Republican Governor (1999-2006) 
George Pataki s1aNY Former Republican Governor (1995-2006) 
Rick Perry s1aTX Republican Governor 
Tom Ridge s1aPA Former Republican Governor (1995-2001); DHS Cabinet Sec'y 
John Rowland s1aCT Former Republican Governor (1995-2004) 
George Ryan s1aIL Former Republican Governor (1999-2002) 
Don Sundquist s1aTN00 Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
Jane Swift s1aMA02 Former Republican Governor (2001-2002) 
Bob Taft s1aOH Former Republican Governor (1999-2006) 



Independents participating in 01-NGA14

Sila Calderon s1aPR00 Former Puerto Rico Governor (2001-2004) 
Carl Gutierrez s1aGU00 Former Guam Governor 
Mike Huckabee s1aAR Former GOP Governor (1996-2006); Pres. candidate (2008) 
Gary Johnson s1aNM Libertarian Gubernatorial Challenger 
Dirk Kempthorne s1aID Former GOP Governor (1999-2006); and Cabinet Sec'y. 
Angus King s1aME Former Independent Governor (1995-2002) 
Tony Knowles s1aAK Former 2008 Senate Dem. primary challenger 
Mike Leavitt s1aUS Cabinet-2008 
Pedro Tenorio s1aIT00 Former Marianas Governor (1982-1990) 
Charles Turnbull s1aVI00 Former Virgin Islands Governor 
Jesse Ventura s1aMN Former Independent Governor (1999-2002) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 18
Republicans: 24
Independents: 11


















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