March 29, 2010

  • CHN: Health Care Reform Victory

    After over a year of contentious debate, sweeping health care reform legislation was enacted this week. For this historic occasion, President Obama used 22 pens to sign the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, H.R. 3590, into law on March 23. In the coming days he will also affix his signature to the Health Care Read More »

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  • CHN: Sweeping Changes in the Student Loan Program

    Attached to the health care reconciliation bill that passed both chambers on March 25 are far-reaching changes in the student loan program resulting in billions in savings in part used to expand the value and availability of Pell grants to college students from low- and moderate-income families.  The legislation will allocate an additional $36 billion Read More »

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  • CHN: Kicking the Jobless When They’re Down

    Unemployment Insurance Expires; But Some Jobs Measures Advance in Congress On March 10, hopes were high that unemployed people would no longer have to worry from week to week that the federal Unemployment Insurance program would soon expire.  On that date, the Senate passed legislation (H.R. 4213) that included extensions through the end of 2010 Read More »

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  • CHN: Action on Child Nutrition Reauthorization in the Senate

    High quality school breakfast and lunch programs and afterschool and summer food programs are all critical components in the goal of ending childhood hunger and reducing obesity.  On March 17 the Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) released a discussion draft of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 to reauthorize these child nutrition Read More »

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