Yearly Archives: 2007

  • CHN: SCHIP Extended Until 2009

    Despite broad public and Congressional support, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) was not reauthorized this year.  Instead, Congress passed a bill, the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (S. 2499) that will, among other things, extend SCHIP until March 31, 2009.  S. 2499 provides sufficient funding so states can continue covering Read More »

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  • CHN: AMT Passes – Child Tax Credit Left Behind

    Beginning in 2001, Congress has annually passed one-year Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) ‘patches’ to prevent certain taxpayers from paying more in taxes under the AMT than they would in the regular income tax system.   At the beginning of the year Congress knew it would pass an AMT patch.  The outstanding question was whether the legislation Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate Passes Farm Bill – Still a Ways to Go

    On December 14 after weeks of stalemate, the Senate passed the 2007 Farm Bill with nutrition provisions that closely mirror those passed by the House in July (https://www.chn.org/humanneeds/070803b.html).  The Senate version of the Farm, Nutrition and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (H.R. 2419) passed 79-14.  The House bill adds $3.3 billion to the Food Stamp Program Read More »

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  • CHN: Congress Finishes Head Start and Leaves Some Unfinished Business

    Congress adjourned on December 19 having finally passed Head Start reauthorization which expired in 2003.  It, however, failed to advert cuts in the Child Support Enforcement Program and to address needed improvements to the unemployment insurance program. Head Start On December 12, President Bush signed the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act, H.R. 1429, Read More »

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  • CHN: Congress Passes Omnibus Appropriations Bill for FY 2008

    The final days of the first session of Congress came to a close with passage of a $555 billion omnibus appropriations bill, H.R. 2764, that provides funding for 11 of the 12 spending bills Congress must pass each year.  (The bill funding the Pentagon’s regular budget, not including the wars, passed earlier.)  In order to Read More »

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  • CHN: State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Shortfalls Delayed

    With 17 states facing shortfalls in 2007 in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Congress attached a partial fix to the National Institutes of Health Reform Act, H.R. 6164, the day before adjourning.   The legislation calls for redistributing existing unspent fiscal year 2004 and 2005 funds from states without shortfalls to those that have Read More »

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  • CHN: Ryan White AIDS Program Reauthorized

    In the final hours of the 109th Congress both houses passed the Ryan White Treatment Modernization Act of 2006, H.R. 6143.  This program, providing $2.1 billion annually, is the federal government’s largest program for helping states and cities provide medical treatment and support services to uninsured and low-income people with HIV and AIDS. First passed Read More »

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  • CHN: Child Tax Credit Improvement in House AMT Bill

    On November 9, the House passed a major tax bill that provides a one-year Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) ‘patch,’ a one-year extension of certain tax credits that would otherwise expire on December 31st, temporary improvements to the Child Tax Credit, and a new tax deduction to homeowners who pay property taxes but do not itemize Read More »

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  • CHN: Unemployment Insurance Reforms Pass in House; President Threatens Veto Fund

    On October 31st, the Trade and Globalization Readjustment Act (H.R. 3920) passed in the House 264-147.  Sponsored by Representative Rangel (D-NY), Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, this bill seeks to expand government benefits for workers who are left jobless by foreign competition by renewing the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program, now temporarily Read More »

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  • CHN: Child Tax Credit Improvement in House AMT Bill

    On November 9, the House passed a major tax bill that provides a one-year Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) ‘patch,’ a one-year extension of certain tax credits that would otherwise expire on December 31st, temporary improvements to the Child Tax Credit, and a new tax deduction to homeowners who pay property taxes but do not itemize Read More »

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