Monthly Archives: May 2007

  • CHN: Low Income Tax Credit Improvements Being Considered

    The House Ways and Means Committee, responsible for overseeing tax legislation, is planning to introduce legislation this summer that will include expanding and improving the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC).  These credits have been shown to lift millions of families out of poverty, and also to be a powerful Read More »

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  • CHN: Immigration Deal Reached In Senate

    After months of backroom negotiations, the White House and a group of Senators from both sides of the aisle reached a compromise on an immigration reform proposal.  The group of negotiators announced their agreement at a press conference yesterday.  Among those leading the negotiations were Senators Kennedy (D-MA) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ). The proposal creates Read More »

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  • CHN: Congress Passes FY 2008 Budget Resolution

    The House and Senate agreed to a Budget Resolution on May 17 that included funding for domestic appropriations nearly at the higher level provided in the House budget, a victory for human needs advocates.  The final Budget Resolution included $417.6 billion for all appropriations except defense and international affairs.  That was only slightly less than Read More »

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  • CHN: Nutrition Bill Introduced In the House

    On May 3, Representatives McGovern (D-MA) and Emerson (R-MO) introduced H.R. 2129, Feeding America’s Families Act.  The purpose of the bill is to highlight nutritional priorities that the bill sponsors and advocates hope will be included when the Food Stamp Program and other nutrition programs are reauthorized in the Farm Bill this year. The bill Read More »

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  • CHN: Minimum Wage Languishes As Worker Wait

    An increase in the federal minimum wage was attached to the fiscal 2007 war supplemental funding bill struck down by the President’s veto pen this week.  For months, passage of an increase in the minimum wage was held hostage over the size of an accompanying set of business-related tax breaks.  The House initially passed a Read More »

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  • CHN: New Children’s Health Bill introduced In Senate

    Last week, during “Cover the Uninsured Week”, Senators John D. Rockefeller (D-WV), Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Edward Kennedy (D-MA) introduced a bipartisan proposal to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).  S. 1224, the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007, strengthens and expands the existing program by providing more tools and resources Read More »

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  • CHN: Head Start Reauthorization One Step Closer to Passage

    On May 2, the House passed overwhelmingly with bipartisan support the Improving Head Start Act of 2007, H.R. 1429, by a vote of 365-48.  The Head Start program was first authorized in 1965 to serve economically disadvantaged pre-school- aged children. Currently 900,000 children are enrolled in Head Start programs around the country. H.R.1429 rejects the Read More »

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