June 1, 2007

  • 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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  • CHN: The Senate Debates Immigration

    On June 4, The Senate will return from the Memorial Day recess and continue debate on an immigration reform proposal that was crafted by a bipartisan group of Senators and the White House.  The proposal, which includes a route to legal status, a guest worker program, enforcement provisions, changes that undermine the family preference immigration Read More »

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  • CHN: Appropriations Veto Threat Seeks to Force Cuts in Domestic Programs

    Is it necessary to wait for appropriations bills to be written before threatening to veto them?  Not for some key players in Washington.  The President’s director of the Office of Management and Budget Rob Portman sent a letter to Congress on May 11 saying he would recommend vetoes if appropriations bills exceeded the President’s budget Read More »

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