January 16, 2009

  • CHN: SCHIP on Track to Become Law

    A children’s health bill could be one of the first pieces of legislation incoming President Barack Obama signs into law. This week both the House and the Senate took up bills to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), a popular and successful joint federal-state program that provides health insurance to children whose families Read More »

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  • CHN: Congress Votes to Release Second Half of $700 Billion Bailout Bill

    In September, amid concerns that inaction would result in the collapse of the banking system and potentially bring down the global economy, the Bush Administration pleaded with Congress to respond to a request for a $700 billion bailout.   In early October, after a vigorous debate and much angst, the House and Senate passed the Emergency Read More »

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  • CHN: Obama Economic Recovery Plan Starts to Take Shape in House

    Important Gains; Some Disappointments How big must the economic recovery plan be to turn the economic crisis around?  What approaches are most likely to create or save jobs and boost economic activity?  For the first question, the answer seems to be “A lot bigger than we thought last year or last month.”  Past proposals in Read More »

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  • CHN: House Passes Bills Addressing Discrimination in the Workplace

    The Equal Pay Act (EPA) passed in 1963, making it illegal for employers to pay different wages to men and women doing essentially the same work.  At the time of passage women earned 59 cents for every dollar earned by men doing comparable work.  Forty-five years later, due in part to passage of the EPA, Read More »

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