Monthly Archives: September 2006

  • CHN: Appropriations: Stop-Gap Spending Bill Needed to Avert Government Shutdown

    Programs that need annual appropriations will run out of money around the end of the federal fiscal year – September 30.  Nevertheless, Congress will not have completed work on most appropriations bills by this deadline.  Shutting down WIC offices, Head Start programs, passport offices, national parks, etc. is never popular, especially not in an election Read More »

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  • CHN: Republican Leaders Bent on Gutting the Estate Tax Are Running Out of Options

    After two failed attempts in recent months to gut the estate tax, Republican leaders are desperately searching for ways to package yet another plan that will garner the additional support needed to push the legislation through Congress before September 29. They recognize that the likelihood of passing such legislation may diminish after the November elections. Read More »

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  • CHN: Whatever Happened to Lobby Reform?

    In the aftermath of ethics scandals surrounding relationships with lobbyist Jack Abramoff that resulted in indictments, resignations, guilty pleas and returned money, Congress vowed to take comprehensive and swift action.  That was months ago.  Since then the promises have been forgotten and rhetorical fervor has diminished to a whimper. Rather than passing legislation that addresses Read More »

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  • CHN: Danger Looms For Children’s Health Care In 2007

    The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), a program created in 1997 to expand health care coverage to the millions of uninsured children living in the U.S., faces federal funding shortfalls for fiscal year 2007. These shortfalls are quite alarming; especially at a time when the Census Bureau is reporting that the number of children Read More »

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