May 12, 2008

  • CHN: Unemployment Insurance, Medicaid, and Veterans’ Benefits Tangled in Funding Disputes

    Efforts to bring a modest set of domestic priorities to a vote in the House were stalled last week as Blue Dog Democrats raised objections to funding veterans’ education benefits without finding other program reductions or revenue increases to cover the cost.  The Blue Dogs are a group of fiscally conservative Democrats who prefer not Read More »

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  • CHN: House Moves Foreclosure Bills While Senate Drags Its Feet

    On May 8, the House passed two bills in response to the mortgage crisis. The first, The American Housing Rescue and Foreclosure Act (H.R. 3221) takes a broad approach to the foreclosure crisis. Bills already passed by the House or vetted in the House Financial Services and Ways and Means Committees with bipartisan support were Read More »

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  • CHN: Vote on Passage of the Farm Bill Expected This Week

    After contentious negotiations and multiple temporary extensions of current law, Congress is finally poised to vote on the Farm bill reauthorization, (the Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007, H.R. 2419).  Anti-hunger advocates were successful in making important improvements that will raise food stamp benefits, increase funding for emergency food, and fund fruit and vegetable Read More »

    Posted in Food and Nutrition, SNAP | Comments Off on CHN: Vote on Passage of the Farm Bill Expected This Week
  • CHN: The Budget is Back on Track

    After weeks of being at a standstill, budget conferees will likely be appointed this week and a final budget could be on the floor of the House and Senate next week. Both Chambers passed their own budget resolutions back in March.  However, a final conference agreement seemed unlikely until recently. One of the major issues Read More »

    Posted in Budget and Appropriations | Comments Off on CHN: The Budget is Back on Track
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