Monthly Archives: July 2007

  • CHN: Section 8 Reform Bill Passes House

    With strong bipartisan support the House passed much needed changes to the Section 8 rental voucher program, the largest federal housing program for low-income households.  Under the program voucher holders pay 30 percent of their income for rent and HUD pays the rest.  Seventy-five percent of vouchers must go to extremely low-income families earning less Read More »

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  • CHN: National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Bill Introduced

    The creation of a National Housing Trust Fund with a dedicated funding source is an important step in addressing the housing crisis affecting the poorest in our country, denying them their human right to a decent, affordable place to call home.  Nationwide there are only 6.2 million homes with rents that are affordable for the Read More »

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  • CHN: Paid Leave Proposed for American Workers

    Recently proposed legislation in the Senate would provide eight weeks of paid leave for American workers. Senators Dodd (D-CT) and Stevens (R-AK) introduced the Family Leave Insurance Act of 2007, S. 1681 on June 21.  The bill would allow individuals to be compensated for up to eight weeks over a 12-month period if they take Read More »

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  • CHN: Farm Bill: House Committee Sends Bill With Nutrition Improvements to House Floor

    The House Agriculture Committee approved a farm bill (H.R. 2419) on July 19 that includes $4 billion over five years in improvements to the Food Stamp Program and funding increases for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).  The $4 billion will come from funds found by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rangel (D-NY) in Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate Finance Committee Approves Renewal of Children’s Health Program

    The Senate Finance Committee approved a proposal on June 19 to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) – a joint federal-state program established in 1997 to provide health insurance to children whose families have low incomes but earn too much to qualify for Medicaid.  The proposal, which was approved 17-4, will provide $35 Read More »

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  • CHN: President Nominates former House Budget Committee Chair Jim Nussle as White House Budget Director; Confirmation Hearings Scheduled in Senate

    In nominating Jim Nussle to be Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), President Bush did not appear to choose someone most likely to negotiate successful budget and appropriations agreements with the Democratic Congress.  Former House Budget Committee Chairman Nussle was noted for proposing cuts in domestic programs far deeper than Read More »

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  • CHN: Appropriations Update

    Labor-HHS-Education The House approved an appropriations bill for Labor-Health and Human Services-Education programs (H.R. 3043) on July 19, with a bipartisan vote of 276 to 140. (Roll call vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2007/roll686.xml)  Fifty-three Republicans joined 223 Democrats to support the legislation.  The bill includes $151.6 billion in annual appropriations, up 5 percent ($7 billion) over this year’s funding, Read More »

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