Monthly Archives: February 2009

  • CHN: Critical Children’s Health Bill Enacted into Law

    “I refuse to accept that millions of our kids fail to reach their full potential because we fail to meet their basic needs. In a decent society, there are certain obligations that are not subject to tradeoffs or negotiation – health care for our children is one of those obligations.” – Remarks by President Obama Read More »

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  • CHN: Historic Vote for Economic Recovery; President Signs American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

    Friday February 13th turned out to be an auspicious day for the nation when both the House and Senate voted for final enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  The bill provides $787 billion to save or create an estimated 3.5 million jobs, badly needed as the number unemployed rose to 11.6 Read More »

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  • CHN: Domestic Spending for This Year Awaits Final Approval; The Process for Funding in 2010 is Underway

    Unresolved differences between President Bush and Congressional Democrats over funding for most domestic programs for the current fiscal year which began on October 1, 2008 resulted in a temporary spending bill, called a continuing resolution (CR), which extends through March 6, 2009.  Only three of the 12 appropriations bills – Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Read More »

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  • CHN: SCHIP Reauthorization on the Horizon

    After a week of debating and considering amendments to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) reauthorization bill, the Senate passed H.R. 2 on January 29, 2009 by a vote of 66-32. H.R. 2 closely resembles the legislation the House passed on January 14 (see more details in Human Needs Report), and the two bills Read More »

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  • CHN: Pay Equity Bill is First President Obama Signs

    Flanked by Lilly Ledbetter and leaders of Congress, President Obama stated, “It is fitting that the very first bill that I sign, is upholding one of this nation’s founding principles that we are all created equal and each deserve a chance to pursue our own version of happiness.”  Final passage of the bill, The Lilly Read More »

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  • CHN: Economic Recovery Bill Passes in House and is Debated on the Senate Floor

    Comparison Table of House and Senate Economic Recovery Bills from CHN (2/3/09) The House passed an economic recovery bill close to the plan proposed by President Obama on January 28.  H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, weighs in at $819 billion, and directs a substantial amount of that total towards policies Read More »

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