Federal Budget: This week, the U.S. Senate vote to pass a two-week Continuing Resolution for the federal budget that will keep the federal government going for the time being.  The CR includes $4 billion in cuts, which impact vital programs for children and families.  If signed by the President, the CR will continue through March 18, 2011.

Supreme Court: The Supreme Court heard arguments this week in a case involving child-abuse investigations at school, questioning whether a search warrant or a parent’s consent is required before a child can be questioned at school by a child care worker or a police officer.  For a basic overview, check out this article:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/27/AR2011022703904.html