Monthly Archives: January 2003

  • CHN: Omnibus Appropriations Bill Passes in New Republican Senate

    Final Domestic Spending Cuts to be Determined in Conference On Thursday, January 23, after six days of debate, the new Republican-led Senate passed a $391 billion FY 03 omnibus appropriations bill (H J Res 2). The Senate passed the legislation – which rolls funding for all 11 non-defense bills into one appropriations measure – by Read More »

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  • CHN: Bush Delivers State of the Union Address

    Tax Cut and Medicare Proposals Top Domestic Agenda On Tuesday, January 28, President Bush spoke to the nation in the annual State of the Union address. While roughly half of the speech was dedicated to preparing the country for a war with Iraq, the president also addressed domestic policy issues by standing behind his $674 Read More »

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  • CHN: Opposition to Bush “Stimulus” Plan Grows

    Bush Stands Behind Tax Cut Proposal Even as Deficit Projections Worsen Despite President Bush’s best efforts to sell his stimulus package to the American people during his State of the Union address, doubts about the $674 billion proposal continue to mount. Conservative House Ways and Means Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) recently joined moderate Republicans in Read More »

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  • CHN: Bush Proposes $674 Billion “Economic Stimulus” Package

    Economists Predict Record Deficits Will Result On January 7, President Bush unveiled his plan for reviving the sagging economy: a $674 billion stimulus package featuring tax breaks favoring the wealthy. Critics of the plan – who include members of the President’s own party – warn that it not only fails to provide economic stimulus, but Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate Works Toward Completion of 2003 Appropriations

    Anti-Poverty Programs to Receive Significant Cuts The fiscal year 2003 appropriations process came to a halt last year just prior to the 2002 Congressional elections, leaving all eleven non-defense spending bills unfinished. The stalemate was the result of partisan divisions over spending levels and internal Republican disagreement over how closely to stick to the $749 Read More »

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  • CHN: Unemployment Benefits Extended for Some Workers

    Over One Million Workers Left Behind On January 8, the President signed into law a $7.2 billion package to extend unemployment benefits for some jobless workers. The House passed the bill earlier that day, and the Senate unanimously passed the measure on January 7. The law (PL 108-1) – the first passed in the 108th Read More »

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