Monthly Archives: June 2002

  • CHN: Finance Committee Passes Amended Version of CARE Act

    Articles from June 21, 2002 Parties Offer Competing Medicare Prescription Drug Plans With an eye toward the November elections, both Democrats and Republicans have introduced Medicare prescription drug proposals. Despite the shared goal of wooing senior voters, the substance of the competing plans is far apart. Prepared to spend more on their plans than Republicans, Read More »

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  • CHN: Republicans Fall Short on Estate Tax

    Permanent Repeal Fails in the Senate On June 12, Republicans in the Senate garnered only 54 of the 60 votes needed to pass legislation – introduced by Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX) – to make permanent a repeal of the estate tax. A phase-out of the estate tax was included in the $1.35 trillion tax cut Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate Passes Terrorism Insurance Bill

    Major Differences Between House and Senate Versions May Hamper Conference Consideration Roughly nine months after the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, the Senate passed a measure on Tuesday, June 18 that would provide federal monies to the property and casualty industry to cover future terrorism-related losses. Under the measure (S 2600), introduced Read More »

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  • CHN: House Committee Considers Omnibus Housing Bill

    National Housing Trust Fund Amendment Passes On Thursday, June 20, the House Financial Services Committee began marking up HR 3995, an omnibus affordable housing bill introduced by Representative Marge Roukema (R-NJ) last March. The bill contains major provisions specifically aimed at increasing the availability of adequate housing for very low and extremely low-income people, in Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate Committee Expected to Mark Up TANF Bill Next Week

    Conservative Republicans Introduce President’s Reauthorization Plan in the Senate On June 18, Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Tim Hutchinson (R-AR) introduced a comprehensive welfare bill (S 2648) that largely mirrors President Bush’s plan to reauthorize the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. The House passed similar legislation (HR 4737) in May. Like the Bush Read More »

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  • CHN: Parties Offer Competing Medicare Prescription Drug Plans

    House Committees Approve GOP-Backed Legislation With an eye toward the November elections, both Democrats and Republicans have introduced Medicare prescription drug proposals. Despite the shared goal of wooing senior voters, the substance of the competing plans is far apart. Prepared to spend more on their plans than Republicans, Democrats have been labeled fiscally irresponsible by Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate HELP Committee Prepares for IDEA Reauthorization

    Committee Holds Third Hearing on the Act On Thursday, June 6, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, chaired by Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA), held a hearing on the oversight of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This is the HELP Committee’s third hearing this year focused on IDEA, which is set Read More »

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  • CHN: House Passes FY 02 Supplemental Appropriations

    Disagreements Over Spending Stall FY 03 Appropriations Process On May 24, the House of Representatives passed, by a 280 to 138 vote, a fiscal year 2002 supplemental appropriations bill (HR 4774) that provides, according to Republicans, $28.8 billion for defense operations, homeland security, aid to New York City, and other, smaller programs. The Congressional Budget Read More »

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  • CHN: Minimum Wage Bill Hits Possible Snag

    The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2002, introduced by Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Representative David Bonior (D-MI), may find itself in trouble due to timing. The companion Senate and House bills, S 2538 and HR 4799, would increase the minimum wage by $1.50 – from $5.15 to $6.65 per hour – by January 1, Read More »

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  • CHN: House Passes Permanent Repeal of the Estate Tax

    Senate to Consider Measure Before July 4th Recess On June 6, the House voted, by a 256 to 171 margin, in favor of legislation (HR 2143) to make permanent a repeal of the estate tax. Last year, Congress passed and the President enacted budget reconciliation legislation (HR 1836) that would phase out the estate tax Read More »

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