Monthly Archives: June 2003

  • CHN: Head Start Reauthorization Passes House Committee

    Legislation Significantly Expands Role of States  On Wednesday, June 18, the House Education and Workforce Committee passed HR 2210, “The School Readiness Act of 2003” to reauthorize the Head Start program. The bill passed on a straight party-line vote (27 – 20) after heated partisan debate over the broad changes to the historically successful Head Read More »

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  • CHN: House Subcommittee Passes Agriculture Appropriations Bill

      Cuts Proposed for WIC and Other Important Food and Nutrition Programs The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee approved $17 billion in FY 2004 agriculture spending on June 17th, nearly $1 billion less than the amount appropriated in FY 2003, according to the Senate Appropriations Committee. The House subcommittee cut several food and nutrition programs below Read More »

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  • CHN: Medicare Overhaul Continues In Congress

    Senate Begins Floor Debate While Two Committees Pass House GOP Proposal Over the last two weeks, both the House and Senate have been working on overhauling the federal Medicare program, and it is likely both chambers will pass legislation next week before the upcoming July recess. The proposals in both chambers have garnered considerable criticism, Read More »

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  • CHN: Tax Credit For Low-Income Children Stymied

    House and Senate Not Close to Compromise After it was widely reported that there were nearly 12 million children in low-income working families who were excluded partly or entirely from receiving the increase in the child tax credit enacted in May, the Senate on June 5 approved a bill to extend help to them, and Read More »

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  • CHN: GOP Leaders Fail To Muster Necessary Votes For Comp Time Bill

    Organized Labor Scores Victory In House As Bill is Pulled From the Floor On Wednesday evening, June 4, GOP Leaders pulled legislation from the House floor agenda to allow compensatory time to substitute for overtime pay after admitting that they lacked sufficient support for passage. The Family Time Flexibility Act, which would allow companies to Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate Passes Bill To Change Inequalities In Child Tax Credit

    GOP Leadership Still Negotiating Options for House Version The Senate passed a bill on Thursday, June 5 to accelerate an increase in the child tax credit for low-income families that had been left out of the recent tax cut legislation signed by President Bush on May 28. The Senate bill (HR 1308) was based on Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate Unveils Medicare Drug Plan

    Bipartisan Agreement Garners Criticism from Both Sides, But Likely To Pass Senate  On Thursday, June 5, Senators released plans for a prescription drug plan to provide coverage to the elderly through a combination of the government-run Medicare health program and private health plans. The details of the plan were enthusiastically announced by Senators Charles E. Read More »

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