Yearly Archives: 2009

  • CHN: Articles from December 23, 2009

    Articles from December 23, 2009 Download the full Human Needs Report(pdf) Democrats Certain of Senate Passage of Health Reform The final Senate vote on the health reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009, H.R. 3590, is scheduled for Christmas Eve at 8 a.m Congress Fails to Extend the Estate Tax On Read More »

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  • CHN: Congress Fails to Extend the Estate Tax

    On January 1, there will be no estate tax in 2010 unless Congress acts to reinstate it retroactively early in the New Year.  Allowing the tax to disappear will deepen the deficit by about $25 billion in 2010 alone. The massive tax cuts enacted in 2001 under former President Bush included gradual reductions in the Read More »

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  • CHN: Climate Change Legislation in the Senate Waits Until Next Year

    After the House passed climate change legislation this summer and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed its climate bill in early November, action stalled in the Senate.  In the weeks leading up to the December United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen a tri-partisan group of Senators, John Kerry (D-MA), Joe Lieberman (I-CT) Read More »

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  • CHN: House Passes a Jobs Bill; But Final Enactment Awaits the New Year

    With 10 percent unemployment, there were hopes Congress could take quick action to invest in job creation before the end of 2009.  Contentiousness in the Senate over health care and pretty much everything else made it impossible for the Senate to take up jobs legislation so quickly, but the House enacted the Jobs for Main Read More »

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  • CHN: Debt Limit Must Be Raised Before the New Year

    Congress has the authority to set the ceiling on the amount of debt the federal government can accrue.  The current $12.104 trillion debt ceiling will be reached before January 1.  On December 16 the House passed by a vote of 218-214 H.R.4314, To Permit Continued Financing of Government Operations, increasing the debt ceiling by $290 Read More »

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  • CHN: Omnibus Appropriations Bill Funds Major Programs; Defense Bill Carries Important Extensions

    All 12 of the individual appropriations bills which annually fund federal discretionary programs passed the House before the August recess but were tied up in procedural knots in the Senate where three of the bills passed in committee but never reached the Senate floor.  Five of the bills were enacted into law by the time Read More »

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  • CHN: Getting to 60 on Health Reform

    Senate consideration of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009, H.R. 3590 – the health care reform bill assembled by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) – has been a slow-moving process. Debate on the bill began on November 29 after the Senate, during a rare Saturday session on November 21, voted 60-39 Read More »

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  • CHN: House Passes Estate and Extender Tax Bills

    If Congress fails to pass an estate tax bill before January 1, the estate tax will disappear in 2010.  The result would be a tremendous loss in much-needed revenue from the wealthiest estates for one year, and an increased challenge to bringing the tax back in 2011.  The estate tax, which has been in existence Read More »

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  • CHN: Major Victory in House for Health Reform

    History was made last Saturday, November 7, on the House floor. In a close vote, 220-215, the House passed the Affordable Health Care for America Act, H.R. 3962. All but one Republican voted against the bill (the exception, Representative Anh Cao (R-2nd LA)); 39 Democrats voted against the bill. Arriving at the 218 votes needed Read More »

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  • CHN: Relief Comes for Long-Term Unemployed Workers

    In good news for hundreds of thousands of the long-term unemployed, Congress enacted an extension of unemployment benefits after some months of delay.  Unemployed workers whose unemployment insurance (UI) recently ran out or is about to expire will receive an extension of benefits.  On September 22 the House passed the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of Read More »

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