Monthly Archives: May 2006

  • CHN: House Agriculture Appropriations Bill Approved in Full Committee

    The full House Appropriations Committee approved the annual appropriations bill for U.S. Department of Agriculture programs on May 9.  The appropriations bill is largely similar to the version adopted by the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee on May 3.  It continues to include funding for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, the food packages for poor seniors, children, Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate Rejects Enzi’s Attempt to Gut State Health Insurance Protections

    Health care advocates are cheering after the defeat of a bill on the Senate floor that would have stripped away protections for people buying insurance individually or through their employers.   S. 1955, the Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization Act (HIMMA), was introduced by Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY) and was considered by the Senate the week of Read More »

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  • CHN: Estate Tax Repeal on the Senate Agenda

    In the face of newly released data from the Federal Reserve Board that shows growing inequality in the U.S., the Senate is poised to vote on repealing the estate tax.  The wealthiest 1 percent of Americans now own 33.4 percent of the wealth, more than the poorest 90 percent who together own 30.4 percent.  From Read More »

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  • CHN: Tax Cut Reconciliation Bill Passes – More Tax Cuts to Come

    Last week the five-year $70 billion tax cut reconciliation bill sailed to passage in the House and Senate, despite the unrefuted analysis that the bill overwhelmingly benefits the very wealthiest. (See the May 5 HNR.)  The Senate, where only a simple majority was needed for passage, adopted the bill by a vote of 54-44.  It Read More »

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  • CHN: More Promises Than Funding: The House Adopts An Irresponsible 2007 Budget

    After months of failed attempts, the House of Representatives approved a FY 2007 budget resolution in the small hours of the morning on May 18.  The vote was 218 to 210.  The House leadership navigated between the demands of conservatives that funding for domestic programs not exceed the President’s $873 billion and the calls by Read More »

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  • CHN: House Subcommittee Rejects President’s Plan to Terminate Food Packages for Poor Seniors, Children and Moms

    The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee approved its FY 2007 appropriations bill on May 3, rejecting nutrition aid cuts proposed by President Bush. The President’s budget would have eliminated all funding for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program , which provides food packages worth about $20 to 470,000 poor people per month, about 90 percent of whom Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate Poised To Gut State Health Insurance Consumer Protections

    The Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization Act (HIMMA, S. 1955), sponsored by the Senate HELP Committee Chairman Michael Enzi (R-WY) and approved by the committee on March 15, continues to loom as a threat to consumers of health insurance in every state. The bill may come up on the floor of the Senate as early as Read More »

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  • CHN: Tax Reconciliation Bill Â- Paid for in Part with Yet Another Tax Cut for the Rich

    House and Senate negotiators have come to agreement on the tax reconciliation bill that is part two of the 2006 budget reconciliation process. Part one was the spending reconciliation bill that passed earlier this year cutting nearly $40 billion, mostly in services for low-income people. The centerpiece of the $70 billion tax reconciliation bill is Read More »

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  • CHN: Immigration Reform Still Unresolved In The Senate

    Senate leaders continued to negotiate how to proceed with immigration reform while over a million immigrants in 200 cities skipped work and rallied for A Day Without Immigrants on May 1. Hundreds of thousands also rallied earlier on April 10 in Washington, D.C. and other cities to support proposals to put undocumented immigrants on the Read More »

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