November 29, 2010
Read articles from the November 29th article, including lame duck updates, TANF extension, extending Unemployment Insurance, and the Paycheck Fairness act.
- CHN: Congress Returns to Lame-Duck Session Facing Full Plate of Unfinished Business
Congress spent the first week of the lame-duck session electing leadership and planning for their post-Thanksgiving return. A hefty agenda awaits them prior to adjournment which will likely be close to Christmas. Issues that are pending include: the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts and the improvements to the refundable tax credits passed in the American Read More »
- CHN: Senate Passes 1-Year Extension of TANF
But No Action on TANF Emergency Fund or Child Support Funding The Senate acted to continue the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF) for the next year with very modest changes, putting off a thoroughgoing review of the program for poor families with children. Advocates were disappointed that the Senate did not reinstate the Read More »
- CHN: Senate Republicans Say “No” to Women
On November 17, the Senate narrowly failed to overcome a procedural vote allowing debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 3772) that would grant women legal protections against pay discrimination. The 58-41 vote fell short of the 60 needed when all Republican Senators and Ben Nelson (D-NE) voted in opposition. The bill passed the House Read More »
- CHN: Will Congress Continue Jobless Benefits to Help the Unemployed, Their Families and the Economy?
Unless Congress acts when it returns from the Thanksgiving holiday, millions of hardworking Americans who have exhausted their 26 weeks of state benefits—including 2 million in December alone—will lose their federal unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. Currently there are five applicants for every job opening in our economy. If Congress allows UI benefits for the long-term Read More »
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