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    This page contains bills sponsored by incumbent Senators who are running for re-election in 2008, plus House incumbents running for Senate in 2008. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on. These bills are selected as the "signature issue" that each legislator focused on.

08-S2771 on Mar 13, 2008

Signature Legislation: calling for a White House Conference on Children and Youth
Source: Conference on Children and Youth in 2010 Act (S2771/HR5461)
The White House Conference on Children and Youth in 2010 Act - Directs the President to call a White House Conference on Children and Youth in 2010 to: (1) encourage improvements in each state and local child welfare system; and (2) develop recommendations for actions to implement express policy regarding federal, state, and local programs. The Congress finds the following:
  1. In 2005 there were over 3,000,000 reports of child abuse and neglect, and only 60% of the children from the substantiated reports received follow-up services and 20% were placed in foster care as a result of an investigation.
  2. Almost 500,000 children and youth were in foster care at the end of 2004 and nearly 800,000 spent at least some time in foster care throughout the year.
  3. There is an over-representation of certain populations, including Native Americans and African-Americans, in the child welfare system.
  4. The State courts make key decisions in the lives of children involved in the child welfare system, including decisions of whether children have been victims of child abuse, whether parental rights should be terminated, and whether children should be reunified with their families, adopted, or placed in other settings.


  • Topic: Families & Children
  • Headline: Call for a White House Conference on Children and Youth
  • Headline 2: Call for a White House Conference on Children and Youth

  • 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 08-S2771

Neil Abercrombie s2oHawaii Democrat (Resigned 2010) 
Tom Allen s2oMaine Democrat (Retiring 2008) 
Tammy Baldwin s2oWI Democratic Challenger 
Evan Bayh s2oIN Former Democratic Senator 
Howard Berman s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Sherrod Brown s2oOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Benjamin Cardin s2oMaryland Democrat 
Dennis Cardoza s2oCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Andre Carson s2oIndiana Democrat 
Bob Casey s2oPA Democratic Sr Senator; previously state treasurer 
Hillary Clinton s2oNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Jim Cooper s2oTennessee Democrat 
Joe Courtney s2oConnecticut Democrat 
Elijah Cummings s2oMaryland Democrat 
Danny Davis s2oIllinois Democrat 
Diana DeGette s2oColorado Democrat 
Rosa DeLauro s2oConnecticut Democrat 
Chris Dodd s2oCT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Keith Ellison s2oMinnesota Democrat 
Chaka Fattah s1iPennsylvania Democrat 
Bob Filner s2oCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
Gene Green s2oTexas Democrat 
Raul Grijalva s2oArizona Democrat 
Phil Hare s2oIllinois Democrat (until 2010) 
Ruben Hinojosa s2oTexas Democrat 
Sheila Jackson Lee s2oTexas Democrat 
William Jefferson s2oLouisiana Democrat 
Tim Johnson s2oSD Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Patrick Kennedy s2oRhode Island Democrat (until 2010) 
John Kerry s2oMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Carolyn Kilpatrick s2oMichigan Democrat (until 2010) 
Dennis Kucinich s2oOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Nicholas Lampson s2oTexas Democrat (Unseated 2008) 
Mary Landrieu s1iLA Democratic Sr Senator 
John Lewis s2oGeorgia Democrat 
Carolyn Maloney s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Jim McDermott s2oWashington Democrat 
Jim McGovern s2oMassachusetts Democrat 
George Miller s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Eleanor Holmes Norton s2oDistrict of Columbia Democrat 
Barack Obama s2oIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008) 
James Oberstar s2oMinnesota Dem./Farmer/Labor (until 2010) 
Donald Payne s2oNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
Loretta Sanchez s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Jan Schakowsky s2oIllinois Democrat 
Jose Serrano s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Pete Stark s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Debbie Wasserman Schultz s2oFlorida Democrat 
Robert Wexler s2oFlorida Democrat (resigned Jan. 2010) 
Sheldon Whitehouse s2oRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general 
Lynn Woolsey s2oCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 



Republicans participating in 08-S2771

Richard Burr s2oNC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Mike Conaway s2oTexas Republican 
Phil English s2oPennsylvania Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Chuck Hagel s2oNE Former Republican Senator (retired 2008) 
Richard Lugar s2oIN Republican Sr Senator 
Jeff Miller s2oFlorida Republican 
Todd Platts s2oPennsylvania Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Jon Porter s2oNevada Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Jim Ramstad s2oMinnesota Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Christopher Shays s2oConnecticut Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Gordon Harold Smith s2oOR Former Republican Senator (lost re-election, 2008) 
Olympia Snowe s2oME Republican Sr Senator 
Lee Terry s2oNebraska Republican 
Don Young s2oAlaska Republican 



Independents participating in 08-S2771

Ginny Brown-Waite s2oFlorida Former GOP (until 2010) 
Luis Fortuno s2oPuerto Rico At-Large (retired 2008) 
Joe Sestak s2oPA 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently US Rep. 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 51
Republicans: 14
Independents: 3


















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