July 1, 2008

  • CHN: House-Passed Child Tax Credit Will Help 13 Million Low-Income Children; Senate Tax Bills at a Standstill

    Three tax issues that Congress will need to resolve this year are interwoven House and Senate tax bills: an Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) ‘patch’, the renewal of expiring annual tax credits often referred to as ‘extenders’, and improvements in the Child Tax Credit.  There is bi-partisan support for each of these.  At issue is a Read More »

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  • CHN: Victory: 13 More Weeks of Unemployment Benefits;Congress Enacts and President Signs Bill Adding Domestic Items to War Funding

    Jobless insurance, veterans’ education benefits, protection against Medicaid cutbacks, and disaster relief are top domestic priorities enacted by Congress last week.  These items were attached to the bill extending funding for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that the President signed on June 30. Backed by House and Senate leadership, these domestic provisions were initially opposed Read More »

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  • CHN: Without a Doubt, Farm Bill Becomes Law

    All fifteen titles of the farm bill are now law. Congress intended to enact the whole bill last month, including long-overdue improvements for the Food Stamp Program and The Emergency Food Assistance Program.  But due to a clerical mistake the bill was sent to the President’s desk one title short. It was not until after Read More »

    Posted in Food and Nutrition, SNAP | Comments Off on CHN: Without a Doubt, Farm Bill Becomes Law
  • CHN: Appropriations Bills Hit a Snag

    Chairman Obey (D-WI) had just finished praising some retiring Republican members of the House Committee on Appropriations, but the bipartisan friendliness was soon to be shelved. Just after the Committee began considering the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education spending bill, Ranking Republican Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA) offered an amendment to substitute the Department of Interior appropriations Read More »

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