Monthly Archives: June 2006

  • CHN: House Examines Medicare Advantage Program

    The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing this week to examine predatory practices in Medicare Advantage plans.  Under the Medicare program, beneficiaries may opt to receive care through private Medicare Advantage plans instead of the traditional fee-for-service Medicare program.  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) finds that Medicare is paying Read More »

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  • CHN: Estate Tax Repeal Averted – Threats Still Loom

    Last week a key procedural vote on the estate tax in the Senate provided a huge victory for those who oppose estate tax repeal.  Now members of the Senate are working on alternatives that could be almost as bad.   The vote on a motion to proceed with consideration of estate tax repeal, which required 60 Read More »

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  • CHN: Immigration Passes The Senate – Final Outcome Unclear

    On May 25, after two weeks of intense floor debate, the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration bill (S. 2611) by a vote of 62-36.  The bill creates a path to citizenship for approximately 8 to 8.5 million of the estimated 11 to 12 million undocumented immigrants who are now in the U.S.  It contains provisions Read More »

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  • CHN: House Committee Approves Labor-HHS-Education Spending and a Minimum Wage Hike

    Move to a Floor Vote Appears Stalled The House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2007 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill by voice vote on June 13.  The spending bill included $141.9 billion for a vast array of human needs programs:  education, training and employment services, protections for children from abuse or neglect, energy assistance, Head Start and Read More »

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  • CHN: The House Passes Funding Levels for Housing Programs

    On June 14, the House overwhelmingly passed the Transportation-Treasury-Housing Appropriations bill (H.R. 5516) by a vote of 406-22, setting funding levels for housing and community development programs for FY 2007. The total amount of $33.6 billion is less than is needed to fund all HUD programs at current services levels next year. There were winners Read More »

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  • CHN: Congressional Leadership Ignores Senate’s Vote to Prevent Cuts

    The President signed a supplemental spending bill on June 15 that included funds for defense and for additional aid for hurricane-stricken states.  Also included in this legislation (H.R. 4949) is a spending total for annual appropriations in FY 2007 that will be enforceable in the Senate.  (The House has already set similar levels.)  The total Read More »

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  • CHN: Service Slashers Trying Again To Make Rules to Ensure Cuts

    New efforts are under way in both the House and Senate to change the rules to make it far easier to cut services.  The first is a retooling of President Bush’s request for a variant on the line item veto, which will be taken up in the House during the week of June 19.  It Read More »

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