Monthly Archives: June 2007

  • CHN: Senate Passes Head Start Reauthorization

    Last week the Senate followed the House’s lead by passing legislation to reauthorize the Head Start program. The bill, S 556, passed with bipartisan support by voice vote. The Head Start program was first authorized in 1965 to serve economically disadvantaged pre-school-aged children. Currently over 900,000 children are enrolled in Head Start programs around the Read More »

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  • CHN: Workers Lose As Senate Legislation Fails

    Legislation that would have boosted access to higher wages and better fringe benefits through unionization will not be going anywhere – for now. The Senate blocked a vote on Tuesday that would have ended the delaying tactic of further debate on the Employee Free Choice Act (S.1041).  The motion failed 51-48, nine votes short of Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate’s Second Attempt At Immigration Reform Fails

    The Senate renewed debate on immigration reform this week, but failed to attain the votes needed to end debate and refer the bill for a final vote.  On June 28, S. 1639, the Senate’s most recent immigration reform proposal, fell 14 votes short of the 60 votes needed to advance it towards final passage.  Only Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Labor-HHS-Education Bill: Advocates Have Work Ahead to Seek Best of House and Senate Funds

    The full Senate Appropriations Committee approved more than $149 billion in funding for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education programs on June 21.  The Senate bill is about $2 billion less than the amount passed by the House Appropriations Subcommittee, and more than $8 billion over the President’s request.  Although final action awaits the Read More »

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  • CHN: House Takes First Step To Reauthorize Food Stamp and Other Nutrition Programs

    This week the House Agriculture Subcommittee took the first step toward reauthorizing nutrition programs by marking up the Farm Bill Extension Act of 2007, H.R. 2419.  The nutrition programs authorized in the bill include the Food Stamp Program, The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).  Improvements in the nutrition Read More »

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  • CHN: Immigration Debate Revived In Senate

    Senators announced last night that the immigration bill they had been debating for weeks will be brought back to the Senate floor for further consideration. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) pulled the proposal off the Senate floor the night of June 7 when attempts to obtain cloture failed.  Now it is expected that the Read More »

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  • CHN: Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations: Some Gains, But Many Disappointments

    The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education recommended nearly $151.55 billion for annually funded programs in FY 2008, $7 billion over current year spending, and $10.6 billion more than the President had requested.  Taking inflation into account, the Subcommittee recommendation is only about 2.6 percent higher than Labor-HHS-Education appropriations this Read More »

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  • CHN: The House Agrees to Restart Action on Spending Bills After Grinding to a Halt

    Democratic House leaders’ goal of marking up 11 of the 12 appropriations spending bills in subcommittees and approving four appropriations bills on the House floor by June 15, has been stymied by partisan objections that the bills do not include earmarks (funding for specific programs sought by members of Congress for their districts).  Appropriations Chairman Read More »

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  • CHN: One Step Closer To National Housing Trust Fund

    With overwhelming bipartisan support last week the House passed legislation that allocates funds to begin to address the huge shortage of housing affordable for very low- income families.  Under the leadership of Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Barney Frank (D-MA), the Federal Housing Finance Reform Act of 2007, H.R. 1427, passed the House Read More »

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  • CHN: Finally -Federal Minimum Wage Increase Signed Into Law

    After being stuck at $5.15 an hour for nearly a decade, Congress finally passed the long overdue increase in the minimum wage.  The President signed the bill into law on May 25th.   The increase will occur in three increments, with the first raise to $5.85 in July followed a year later by another 70-cent increase Read More »

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