Monthly Archives: July 2006

  • CHN: Senate Committee’s Inadequate Labor-HHS-Education Spending

    Arlen Specter (R-PA) is the Chair of the Senate Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Subcommittee on Appropriations.  His subcommittee recommended the funding approved by the full Senate Appropriations Committee on July 20.  And yet, in a widely quoted statement, Senator Specter told the Committee that the underfunded appropriations bill was “what I view as really the Read More »

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  • CHN: House Poised to Vote on Ominous Bills

    Two budget process bills with potentially dire consequences are scheduled for House votes on July 27.  Both proposals, the Government Efficiency Act of 2006 (H.R. 5766) and Abolishment of Obsolete Agencies and Federal Sunset Act of 2005 (H.R. 3282), would establish unelected “sunset commissions” whose recommendations to change or terminate federal programs would be placed Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate Approves Funding Levels for Housing Programs

    On July 20, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed by voice vote the Transportation-Treasury-Housing Appropriations bill that sets FY 2007 funding levels for HUD housing and community development programs.  The total amount of $36.6 billion is $3.1 billion more than the funding level for FY 2006, $2.3 billion more than the President requested and $3 billion Read More »

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  • CHN: Job Training Legislation Moves In The Senate

    Last week the Senate passed by unanimous consent legislation that reauthorizes the law governing training and education programs for workers, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).  Congress passed WIA in 1998 for the express purpose of strengthening the nation’s workforce development system, specifically by streamlining and coordinating the delivery of multiple employment, education, and training programs.  Read More »

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  • CHN: Action On Minimum Wage In The Senate And The House

    In the Senate.  More than 80 percent of Americans favor increasing the minimum wage to $7.15 an hour, and a majority live in the 20 states that have raised the minimum wage above the federal $5.15.  Despite this overwhelming support, two separate amendments to raise the minimum wage in the Senate were defeated on June Read More »

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  • CHN: New Regulations Issued For Temporary Assistance For Needy Families

    New federal regulations that will change the way states administer welfare to work assistance for poor families with children were issued on June 29 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  These new regulations were required by the federal “Deficit Reduction Act,” legislation enacted at the end of 2005.  The law called for Read More »

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  • CHN: Ominous Estate Tax Legislation Passes The House And Awaits Senate Action

    When the procedural vote failed in the Senate that would have allowed a vote on full repeal of the estate tax (see HNR from June 16) and negotiations between Senate Republicans and Democrats ended, Majority Leader Frist (R-TN) asked the House to produce legislation.  Rep. Thomas (R-CA), Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, produced Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate Appropriations Committee $2 Billion Short of Funds Promised to Labor-HHS-Ed Programs

    On June 22, the Senate Appropriations Committee divvied up its pot of money among its subcommittees, allocating $142.8 billion for FY 2007 spending for Labor-HHS-Education programs.  That amount is $5 billion more than the President had proposed, and about $900 million more than the amount approved by the House Appropriations Committee.  But it is $2 Read More »

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  • CHN: Line Item Veto: House Votes to Give President More Power and Diminishes Its Own

    The House voted on June 22 to increase the President’s authority to make cuts in programs by allowing him to propose packages of cuts that Congress would have to vote up or down within 14 legislative days without possibility of amendment and with debate limited in the Senate.  The Legislative Line Item Veto Act (H.R. Read More »

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