Monthly Archives: September 2002

  • CHN: Census Reports Rise in Poverty

    Articles from September 27, 2002 TANF Reauthorization Likely to be Postponed With both the end of the legislative session and the September 30 expiration of the welfare reform law fast approaching, Congress is currently faced with many important decisions about the future of welfare. The short-term continuing resolution (CR) passed by Congress on September 26 Read More »

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  • CHN: Faith-Based Initiative Still Stalled in the Senate

    Some Democrats Push for Employment Anti-Discrimination Clause While the Senate Finance Committee approved a version (S 1924) of President Bush’s faith-based initiative (HR 7) on July 16, 2002, Senate floor action is being delayed by Democrats who insist on adding language to the measure that would ban employment discrimination by religiously affiliated programs that receive Read More »

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  • CHN: Social Security Disability Program Gets Mixed Reviews

    Witnesses Testify About Successes and Weaknesses of the Ticket to Work Program In a hearing on Thursday, September 26, witnesses reported on both the challenges and opportunities facing Social Security’s disability programs, focusing specifically on the implementation of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999. Testifying before the House Social Security Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate Democrats Call for Unemployment Benefits Extension

    On September 25, Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Hillary Clinton (D-NY) – flanked by several other Democratic Senators – held a press conference to draw attention to their proposal to extend unemployment benefits to workers affected by the economic recession. The proposal will most likely be attached to other Senate legislation as an amendment, and Read More »

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  • CHN: TANF Reauthorization Likely to be Postponed

    Continuing Resolution Ensures States Continue to Get TANF Funding For Now With both the end of the legislative session and the September 30 expiration of the welfare reform law fast approaching, Congress is currently faced with many important decisions about the future of welfare. The short-term continuing resolution (CR) passed by Congress on September 26 Read More »

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  • CHN: House Considers Education Tax-Break Measure

    Controversy Over Bill Continues  The House Ways and Means Committee approved a bill (HR 5193) on September 5 that would give tax deductions to low-income families to cover education expenses such as tuition, transportation, books, and computers. The measure would apply to public, private, religious, and home schooling, for both elementary and secondary education. The Read More »

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  • CHN: VA-HUD Appropriations Still Held Up

    Articles from September 13, 2002 Senators Urge Daschle to Bring Welfare to Senate Floor A busy Senate floor schedule and lack of consensus continue to delay movement on the reauthorization of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) – the 1996 law that created the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. Set Read More »

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  • CHN: Labor HHS Bill in Limbo

    Chairman Bypasses Committee to Comply with Speaker’s Demand of Lower Spending In an unusual move that underscores the tension between House appropriators and the Republican leadership, on September 4, Appropriations Committee Chairman C.W. Bill Young (R-FL) bypassed committee consideration to introduce the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education appropriations bill for direct consideration by the House. The Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate Adds $6 Billion in Drought Assistance to Interior Bill

    Drought Aid Would Not Affect Food and Nutrition Spending in Farm Bill On Tuesday, September 10, the Senate voted 79-16 to attach a $6 billion emergency drought package to the $19.3 billion fiscal year 2003 Interior bill (HR 5093). Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) sponsored the measure, which was supported by forty-eight Democrats and Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate Committee Approves Child Care Bill

    CCDBG Gets a $1 Billion Increase On Wednesday, September 4, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved legislation by voice vote to increase discretionary child care subsidies by $1 billion for fiscal year 2003. The bill (S 2758) would boost discretionary funding for the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) to a Read More »

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