Monthly Archives: July 2009

  • CHN: Health Reform Inches Along in Congress

    Both the House and Senate have made some progress on their respective health reform proposals, but the timetable has been pushed back a bit. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently indicated that a floor vote will not occur until September but that the Senate Finance Committee will still vote before the summer recess, scheduled to Read More »

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  • CHN: Major Domestic Appropriations Bills Moving Forward

    By July 24, the House is expected to approve appropriations for the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.  If the full House does not dramatically alter the work of the Appropriations Committee, they will have adopted increases for all these departments above the rate of inflation, and over Read More »

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  • CHN: Congress Unveils More Health Reform Proposals

    Congress continued to work on health reform and made some progress before adjourning for the July 4 recess. Still, the bulk of the work awaits them in July. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, after introducing the Affordable Health Choices Act began the process of marking up the bill. Dozens of amendments Read More »

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  • CHN: House Passes Landmark Climate Change Legislation

    On June 26, after months of negotiating, Representatives Henry Waxman (D-CA), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Edward Markey (D-MA), Chairman of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee, steered the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, H.R. 2454, to a 219-212 victory in the House.   The legislation would reduce greenhouse gases Read More »

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  • CHN: Both House and Senate Close to President’s Levels for Human Needs Appropriations

    Handful of Appropriations Bills Pass in the House Before July Recess Both the House and Senate have provided close to the President’s recommended funding levels for domestic appropriations for next year.  Although the President’s budget provides $8.9 billion more than the House for all appropriations, and about $7 billion more than the Senate, most of Read More »

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