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For Immediate Release
February 13, 2009
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WASHINGTON, DC – The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) today applauded Congress for passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that will offer significant relief to millions of struggling children and families and help put the country on the road towards economic stability. The new investments will increase assistance for unemployed workers and offers substantial support to children in economically stressed families across the country.
"With this economic recovery package, Congress has given unprecedented support to our nation’s most vulnerable children and families," said Children's Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman. "The investments in this legislation puts many parents back to work—which ultimately benefits children—and at the same time helps to prepare our children to be competitive in a global economy. Addressing our human capital deficit and eliminating child suffering is the most important short- and long- term investment our nation can make. With so much to be done, I applaud Congress for taking these important steps forward for our children and their families."
CDF outlined several key aspects of the package that will help children and families. Among them:
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