Monthly Archives: May 2009

  • CHN: Protections for Renters and Homeless Legislation Signed into Law

    The Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009, PL 111-22, was signed by the President on May 20.  This new law contains protections for renters and reauthorizes the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Programs. The Act had bipartisan support, passing the Senate by a vote of 91-5 on May 6, and the House 367-54 on May Read More »

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  • CHN: Action on Energy Bills in the House and Senate

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee was the first to pass legislation in response to the President’s goal of enacting climate change legislation this year.  During the transition to alternative, renewable sources of power, the cost of energy will rise.  All consumers will feel the pinch, especially low- and moderate-income people.  At the same time, Read More »

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  • CHN: President Signs Legislation Placing Restrictions on the Credit Card Industry

    Riding the wave of consumer distrust of the financial services industry, legislation placing restrictions on credit card companies sailed through Congress and was signed by the President.  The Senate passed the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2009 on May 19 by a vote of 90-5.  The House replaced a weaker version of the Read More »

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  • CHN: Congress at Work on Health Reform

    Reforming our failing health care system remains one of the top policy priorities of the American public. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll conducted in April 2009 found that despite the economic downturn the majority of Americans (59 percent) think it is more important than ever to reform our health care system, while 37 percent believe Read More »

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  • CHN: Protecting Low-Income People While Protecting the Planet from Climate Change

    One of the President’s major priorities is to curb global warming by limiting the greenhouse gas emissions produced by the use of fossil fuels like coal and gas.  That means limiting the use of these forms of energy, and until alternative sources of power are plentiful, costs of energy will rise. Low- and moderate-income people Read More »

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  • CHN: Congress Passes Budget Outline; President Fills in the Blanks

    When Congress passed its Budget Resolution on April 27, it generally endorsed the President’s priorities.  The Budget Resolution only answers some of the year’s policy-making questions:  what, and, at least as far as the annual appropriations bottom line is concerned, how much.  Advocates were pleased with the “what” answers:  Congress committed to grapple with comprehensive health care Read More »

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