September 17, 2007

  • CHN: Bill Increasing Pell Grants Awaits President’s Signature

    The House and Senate have overwhelmingly approved legislation to address one of the top six priorities of the Democratic Congress – providing financial relief to low- and moderate-income college students.  The College Cost Reduction and Access Act, H.R. 2669, makes significant changes to the student loan programs.  It will boost college financial aid by approximately Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate Passes Bills Funding Housing Programs

    AThe Senate passed its FY ’08 Transportation, HUD and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, HR 3074, this week by an 88-7 vote.  Like the House whose bill passed in July, the Senate rejected cuts proposed by the President to key programs that house low-income families, seniors, and persons with disabilities.  Among those cuts were $415 million Read More »

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  • CHN: Farm Bill Movement in the Senate

    After House passage of a Farm Bill in July (see August 3rd HNR https://www.chn.org/humanneeds/070803b.html), the process stalled in the Senate over where to find funds to expand existing programs or for new initiatives. The budget allows for an additional $20 billion over 5 years to be spent in the bill, but the new money must Read More »

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  • CHN: Crunch Time: Vetoes Threaten Top Human Needs Priorities as Sept. 30 Deadline Approaches

    September 30 is the last day of the federal fiscal year.  It is also the day all annual appropriations expire, including funding for education, housing and energy assistance, and a vast array of health, nutrition, social and community services.  If that weren’t enough, by that date Congress must also act to extend longstanding farm and Read More »

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