Monthly Archives: March 2002

  • CHN: Senator Rockefeller Introduces TANF Bill

    House Republicans Expected to Introduce Legislation by Mid-April Senator John D. Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced legislation (S 2052) on March 21 to reauthorize and improve the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. The first comprehensive TANF bill introduced in the Senate, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act Amendments of 2002 would provide additional Read More »

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  • CHN: House Approves $2.1 Trillion Budget Resolution

    Senate to Consider Competing Version After Spring Recess After contentious debate, the House of Representatives passed a $2.1 trillion budget resolution on March 21, by a 221 to 209 margin. The next day, the Senate Budget Committee approved its budget resolution on a 12 to 10 party-line vote. Budget resolutions are non-binding, but provide a Read More »

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  • CHN: Roukema Introduces Affordable Housing Plan

    Far-Reaching Bill Covers Range of Affordable Housing Issues On March 19, Representative Marge Roukema (R-NJ) put forth her plan to address the nation’s affordable housing crisis with the introduction of omnibus legislation, HR 3995 – Housing Affordability for America Act of 2002. Advocates are encouraged that the bill contains major provisions specifically aimed at increasing Read More »

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  • CHN: Farm Bill Conferees Agree On Nutrition Title Funding

    Farm Bill conferees have set the funding level for the nutrition title, which includes the food stamp program and other anti-hunger and nutrition provisions. On March 19, conferees agreed to set the funding at $6.4 billion dollars over ten years, which is almost twice as much as the House originally proposed but less than the Read More »

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  • CHN: President Signs Disaster Unemployment Assistance Extension

    President Bush signed HR 3986 on March 25, granting a thirteen-week extension of disaster unemployment assistance to those who lost their jobs as a result of the September 11 terrorist attacks. This assistance provides benefits to workers who are ineligible for regular unemployment insurance and lost their jobs as a direct result of a presidentially Read More »

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  • CHN: Farm Bill Conferees Face Funding Setback

    Articles from March 15, 2002 Scaled-Down Stimulus Package Becomes Law After months of contentious debate, the House and Senate passed and the President signed into law a watered-down economic stimulus bill last week. Congress was finally motivated to act by the impending expiration of unemployment insurance benefits for those who lost their jobs in the Read More »

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  • CHN: Congress Holds Hearings On Welfare Reauthorization

    HHS Secretary Defends Administration’s Proposal on Hill Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson was called to testify before the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees this week, as Congress gears-up to reauthorize the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. Secretary Thompson presented President Bush’s TANF reauthorization plan to the committees, Read More »

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  • CHN: House Budget Committee Approves Budget Resolution

    Low-Income Programs Left Behind Despite sinking federal revenues and prior commitments to use Congressional Budget Office (CBO) budget estimates, the Republican-controlled House Budget Committee approved a fiscal 2003 budget resolution last Wednesday. In order to produce a $2.1 trillion “balanced” budget, the committee opted to work from the more generous Bush Administration budget numbers, count Read More »

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  • CHN: Scaled-Down Stimulus Package Becomes Law

    Measure’s Corporate Tax Breaks Overshadow Benefits to the Unemployed After months of contentious debate, the House and Senate passed and the President signed into law a watered-down economic stimulus bill last week. Congress was finally motivated to act by the impending expiration of unemployment insurance benefits for those who lost their jobs in the aftermath Read More »

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