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U.S. Rep. Scott cited as 'one of the best' child advocates

By Jaya Franklin

jfranklin@henryherald.com

The Children's Defense Fund Action Council named Congressman David Scott (D-Ga.) one of the best representatives for children.

A scorecard released by CDFAC showed Scott voted to defend the health and well-being of children 100 percent of the time. The council's scorecard grades members of Congress on 10 key votes that affect children.

"I am honored to be named among the best representatives for children," said Scott, in a press release. The U.S. official said children play a vital role in our future and in his district. He added that children need the help of Congress.

The congressman said he believes in leadership and this is his reasoning for remaining at the forefront of issues affecting children.

Scott has participated in several initiatives to help children in Georgia. In 2007 and 2008, he was instrumental in trying to secure funds for college students and establishing a permanent Boys and Girls Club in Clayton County.

Marian Wright Edelman, president of CDFAC, said she commends Scott on his dedication to improving the lives of children. "With 9.4 million uninsured children in America and nearly 13 million living in poverty, it is critical that we have representatives committed to making children a priority."

Edelman described Scott as a dedicated advocate for children and she believes he has truly earned the title of being one of the best representatives for children.

According to the CDFAC web site, the scores of members of Congress, in both the House and the Senate, have improved recently. CDFAC reports that more elected officials are receiving perfect scores than in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

The CDFAC began in 1969. It is a private, non-profit organization. The purpose of the organization is to inform the nation about the needs of children.