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Child Support Provisions in the Fiscal Year 2006 Federal Budget Bill and 2007 Budget Proposal

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Publication Date: February 1996

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Vicki Turetsky

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The fiscal year 2006 budget bill (called the “Deficit Reduction Act of 2005”) was signed into law by President Bush on February 8, 2006 after a closely divided Congress approved the legislation. The new law makes major funding and program changes to the child support program. In addition, it creates a new federal grants program available for fatherhood and marriage initiatives. The following summary is a preliminary analysis of the new budget law; the final section includes brief information on the President’s proposed fiscal year 2007 federal budget.