The Administration strongly supports House passage of H.R. 867 and applauds the
bipartisan manner in which the bill was developed. H.R. 867 will further
Administration and congressional efforts to ensure the safety, permanency, and
well-being of children in the child welfare system.
H.R. 867 would affect direct spending; therefore, it is subject to the
pay-as-you-go requirements of the Omnibus Budget and Reconciliation Act of
1990. OMB estimates that the net effect of the adoption assistance incentive
payments and lower foster care payments would be zero in each of FYs 1999-2003.