Monthly Archives: October 2009

  • CHN: Senate Finance Committee Approves Health Bill

    On October 12 the Senate Finance Committee approved, 14-9, a draft health care reform bill.  Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) was the only Republican who voted in favor of the measure. (For a brief review of what is included in the Finance proposal see the October 2 Human Needs Report). Now it is up to Senate Read More »

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  • CHN: Unemployment Insurance Extension Awaits Senate Approval

    On September 22, the House passed the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2009  (H.R. 3548). The bill provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits to those who have lost their jobs, but only if they live in states with unemployment rates of at least 8.5 percent.  (In September, 27 states plus the District of Columbia Read More »

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  • CHN: New Push for Immigration Reform on the Horizon

    Thousands of advocates from across the country converged on the West Capitol Lawn on October 13 for a rally and vigil in support of humane immigration policies. Many of those present, families, veterans and clergy, took part in the Families United/Familias Unidas series of interfaith vigils held around the country earlier in the year. They Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate Finance Committee Completes Mark-Up of Health Care Bill; Final Vote Still Pending

    After debating and weighing over one hundred amendments for a little over a week, the Senate Finance Committee finished marking-up Chairman Max Baucus’ (D-MT) health care reform proposal early Friday. (For a summary of the proposal see Human Needs Report for September 23). Next is the final vote in Committee on the proposal, which Senator Read More »

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  • CHN: New Federal Fiscal Year Begins – At FY 2009 Funding Levels

    On September 30, the eve of the new federal fiscal year, the Senate passed 62-38 a continuing resolution (CR) to keep annually appropriated programs running at FY 2009 levels through October 31, providing more time for Congress to complete work on the individual appropriations bills.  The House passed the CR on September 25 by a Read More »

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