April 20, 2007

  • CHN: Bill Reducing Roadblocks To Unionization Passes In House; Slower Going In Senate

    On March 1, the House of Representatives passed the Employee Free Choice Act, H.R. 800, by a bipartisan margin of 241 to 185.  Thirteen Republicans joined 228 Democrats in adopting this legislation.  Prospects are uncertain in the Senate, where opponents can hold up the bill unless a 60 vote majority can be secured.  Although enough Read More »

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  • CHN: Healthy Families Act Introduced

    Representative DeLauro (D-CT) and Senator Kennedy (D-MA) introduced the Healthy Families Act (H.R. 1542, S 910) on March 15.  Under the provisions of the bill most employers with 15 or more employees must provide a minimum of 7 days of paid sick leave for those who work at least 30 hours per week, and a Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate unable To Lift Ban On Drug Negotiations

    When Congress passed the prescription drug bill in 2003, one provision evoked immediate outcry – it barred the federal government from negotiating with pharmaceutical manufacturers over the prices that may be charged to the private plan sponsors that administer the Medicare benefit.  The drug benefit, called Medicare Part D, lowers the cost of prescription drugs Read More »

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