Monthly Archives: October 2007

  • CHN: House Passes National Housing Trust Fund

    For over a decade housing advocates have been working to pass legislation that provides a dedicated source of funding, not dependent on the annual appropriations process, to increase the stock of affordable housing.  The goal in the House-passed bi-partisan National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act, H.R. 2895, is to construct, rehabilitate, and preserve over one Read More »

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  • CHN: Comprehensive Tax Reform Bill Introduced

    On October 25 Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rangel (D-NY) introduced a plan that makes significant changes in the current tax system.  The bill he refers to as “the mother of all tax bills” repeals the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), makes improvements in the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, changes the rules Read More »

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  • CHN: Food Stamps and Emergency Food Gains Move Forward in Senate Farm Bill

    The Senate Agriculture Committee approved its version of the farm bill (H.R. 2419) on October 25, including a nutrition title that begins to reverse years of shrinking Food Stamp benefits and increases spending for emergency food.  The farm bill is now headed for the Senate floor, with action not likely to occur before the week Read More »

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  • CHN: Déjà vu on Children’s Health Bill

    The House passed a new version of the children’s health bill (H.R. 3963) on October 25, almost two weeks after the President vetoed the original bill (H.R. 976). However, the 265-142 vote, though bipartisan, was not enough to secure the veto-proof margin proponents of the bill had hoped for.  The President has threatened to veto Read More »

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  • CHN: Congress Almost Done with Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Spending Bill; President Still Threatens Veto

    The full Senate passed its annual appropriations for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (H.R. 3043) on October 22 with a veto-proof majority of 75-19 (http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00391).  At $149.9 billion in FY 2008 funding (the current fiscal year), the bill exceeds FY 2007 levels by $5.4 billion, and is $9.6 billion higher Read More »

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  • CHN: Mental Health Parity Bill Moves in Congress

    The House and Senate have both moved forward with mental health parity bills, the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007 (H.R. 1424) and the Mental Health Parity Act of 2007 (S. 558).  Both bills require group health plans that provide both medical and surgical benefits to provide mental health and substance-related Read More »

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  • CHN: President’s Veto Threat Stands Between Millions of Low-Income Children and Health Insurance

    The House and Senate each cleared a bipartisan proposal to renew the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Now it is up to the President to decide whether millions of low-income children will have access to health insurance.  The compromise bill approved by both chambers (H.R. 976) closely resembles the measure the Senate passed on Read More »

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  • CHN: Congress Extends Program Funding for Seven Weeks

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