Monthly Archives: February 2007

  • CHN: More Twists And Turns For Increase In Minimum Wage

    As reported in prior Human Needs Reports, the road to passage of an increase in the minimum wage has not been smooth.  First the House passed a clean bill increasing minimum wage to $7.25 an hour in three installments.  The Senate was unable to pass the increase without first adding $8.3 billion in business-related tax Read More »

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  • CHN: Congress Approves Funding For The Year We’re In

    With funding for federal agencies due to run out on February 15, the Senate approved a joint funding resolution on February 14 by the wide margin of 81 to 15.  The Senate passed the same FY 2007 appropriations as had been approved by the House, H.J. Res. 20, avoiding the need to negotiate differences between Read More »

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  • CHN: Bush Administration Budget Unveiled

    On February 5, the President’s FY 2008 budget was released.  It contains domestic discretionary program cuts which begin in 2008 grow to $114 billion by 2012, the five-year period covered in the budget.  At the same time, tax breaks for the wealthy are made permanent.  The President claims on paper to balance the budget by Read More »

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  • CHN: Minimum Wage Increase Inches Its Way To Becoming Law

    It has been two weeks since the House passed a clean minimum wage bill with no tax cuts.  (See HNR 1-19-07)  In the Senate it has been a grueling process.  A vote on a clean minimum wage bill failed to garner the necessary 60 votes.  Immediately a substitute bill combining an increase in the minimum Read More »

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  • CHN: Current Year Spending Approved By House

    It was not quite tectonic, but there was a notable shift in priorities when the House passed a spending bill to finalize this year’s funding in most programs.  The House added funds for veterans’ health, low-income housing, K-12 and special education, Head Start, and Pell Grants beyond both last year’s funding and the most proposals Read More »

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