Monthly Archives: May 2003

  • CHN: House And Senate Pass Unemployment Benefit Extension

    Bill Ready For President’s Signature On Friday, May 23, 2003, the Senate approved legislation to provide 13 weeks of federal unemployment benefits over the next six months to workers who have exhausted their state benefits. The Senate passed the legislation (HR 2185) by voice vote, following approval in the House of the measure the day Read More »

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  • CHN: IRS Proposes Restrictive Changes To Earned Income Tax Credit

    Pre-Certification Program Would Place Unreasonable Burden on Over 4 Million Families The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is considering burdensome new documentation requirements for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The IRS is planning to require certain parents/caregivers to verify their relationship to children claimed for the EITC as well as the child’s place of residence. Read More »

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  • CHN: Tax Bill Gets Final Approval In Congress

    Agreement Required Vice President Cheney’s Vote to Pass the Senate House and Senate Republican leaders and the White House reached a compromise on $330 billion in tax cuts and $20 billion in state fiscal relief and sent the final legislation to the President before leaving for the Memorial Day recess (May 24 – June 2). Read More »

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  • CHN: House Passes IDEA Reauthorization Legislation

    Contentious Funding Debate Moves to Senate On Wednesday, April 30, the House approved legislation to rewrite and reauthorize the nation’s special education law, the 1975 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (PL 105-17). Known by its acronym, IDEA guarantees students with disabilities a free public education in the “least restrictive environment” and authorizes the federal government Read More »

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  • CHN: House Reauthorizes Workforce Investment Act

    Democrats’ Concerns Cannot Stop Final Passage On Thursday, May 9, the House passed the Workforce Reinvestment and Adult Education Act of 2003 (HR 1261) despite serious concerns of Democrats about provisions in the bill that remove civil rights protections and its inattention to the rising numbers of unemployed workers in America. HR 1261 reauthorizes the Read More »

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  • CHN: Tax Cut Legislation Moves Through GOP-Controlled Congress

    House and Senate Bills Reap Benefits on Nation’s Wealthy The Republican-led Congress made strides this week in its push to pass legislation granting billions of dollars in tax breaks to America’s richest citizens. The House approved a $550 billion tax package, while the Senate Finance Committee agreed to a $350 billion plan. Although GOP leaders Read More »

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