Monthly Archives: May 2004

  • CHN: Budget Conference Agreement Clears House Floor, But Stalls in Senate

    (5/21/04) By a surprisingly close vote of 216 to 213, the House approved a final fiscal year 2005 budget resolution late on Wednesday, May 19. The vote came nearly two months after the House and Senate approved separate budget resolutions and after negotiators struggled to find compromise. Despite the House adoption, continued opposition to the Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate Reauthorizes Disability Education Bill

    On Thursday, May 13, the Senate passed HR 1350, a bill to reauthorize the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), by a 94 to 3 vote. IDEA is a federal law that guarantees access to a free public education in the “least restrictive environment” to the nation’s 6.5 million students with disabilities and provides federal Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate Approves Child Nutrition Bill

    On Wednesday, May 19, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry approved a bill to reauthorize and moderately expand national child nutrition programs, including school breakfast, lunch, and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs. The House passed a similar bill (HR 3873) on March 24 with strong bipartisan support. Currently, children in families Read More »

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  • CHN: House Passes Child Tax Credit Legislation

    The House continued its weekly tax cut drive when it agreed to a 10-year $228 billion child tax credit bill (HR 4359) on Thursday, May 19. (Since the cost of the credit will come out of borrowed money, adding the interest payments brings the total to $279 billion.) The bill makes permanent the $1,000 tax Read More »

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  • CHN: Why No Budget Resolution This Year is Not Such a Bad Idea

    Six weeks after the House passed its budget resolution for fiscal year 2005 (and eight weeks after the Senate passed its version), House and Senate negotiators have been unable to resolve differences between the two plans (H Con Res 393 and S Con Res 95). As reported in the April 23 Human Needs Report, a Read More »

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  • CHN: Unemployment Benefits Extension Amendment Reappears on Senate Floor

    Unemployment benefits extension returned to center stage in the Senate again this week. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) is continuing to advocate for an extension of the federal Temporary Emergency Unemployment Compensation (TEUC) Program. Cantwell, along with other Democrats, is attempting to secure a vote on an amendment to a corporate tax break bill (S 1637). Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate Votes to Overturn Labor Department’s Revised Overtime Pay Proposal

    Democrats and organized labor scored a victory against the Bush Administration on Tuesday, voting to bar the Department of Labor from implementing its new overtime pay provisions. By a vote of 52 to 47, the Senate adopted an amendment to a bill to cut corporate taxes (S 1637) that would block the Labor Department’s final Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate Passes Bill to Help Families With Disabled Children Receive Medicaid

    On Thursday, May 6 the Senate passed by unanimous consent a bill that will help middle-income families whose children have disabilities to buy Medicaid coverage to help pay for the health care for their children. The Family Opportunity Act (S 622), sponsored by Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA), Ted Kennedy (D-MA), and Max Baucus (D-MT), allows Read More »

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  • CHN: Tax Cutting Agenda Moves Forward

    Despite the lack of a budget agreement for fiscal year 2005, the House passed two tax cuts in the last two weeks and House leadership promises to bring to the floor two more tax cuts before the Memorial Day recess. Yesterday, the House agreed by a vote of 333 to 89 to extend until 2005 Read More »

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