January 29, 2010

  • CHN: Senate Increases Debt Limit and Imposes PAYGO Budget Rule

    On January 28 the Senate passed H.J. Res. 45 authorizing an increase to the ceiling on federal borrowing, raising it to $14.3 trillion.  An amendment to the bill passed that imposes a pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) budget rule meant to rein in new spending both on entitlement programs and new tax cuts.  Both votes were along party Read More »

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  • CHN: The Way Forward on Health Care Reform Remains Unclear

    The recent Massachusetts special elections to fill the U.S. Senate seat of the late Senator Edward Kennedy (D) threw a monkey wrench in the health care reform negotiations. After the Senate passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009, H.R. 3590, on a 60-39 party line vote on December 24, 2009 Congressional leaders Read More »

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  • CHN: Unemployment Insurance Extension Is Urgently Needed

    Unless Congress acts within weeks to extend the two federal unemployment insurance (UI) programs, one million workers in March alone will exhaust their unemployment benefits.  The federal programs which unemployed workers can access after the 26 weeks of state benefits have expired is critically important because the national unemployment rate currently stands at 10 percent.  Read More »

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  • CHN: The State of the Union: Jobs, Health Care, and the Deficit

    “I don’t quit.”  Those wondering whether the President would hold firm on his domestic agenda in the face of looming difficulties in the Senate were gratified to hear in the State of the Union address President Obama’s resolve to continue the fight for health care reform.  He tied health care and his call for protections Read More »

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