Monthly Archives: February 2011

  • CHN: Senate Adopts Modest Rule Changes; Rejects More Far-Reaching Changes

    The Senate took the unusual step of keeping the first “legislative day” running for three weeks to negotiate and pass rule changes under the so-called ‘constitutional option’ that requires 51 votes rather than the usual 67 votes.  They convened on January 5 and immediately recessed until January 25. The day ended without the results hoped Read More »

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  • CHN: The House Marches Toward a Showdown on Spending Cuts

    The emboldened House Republican majority has taken steps toward making drastic cuts in programs that would undoubtedly impact low-income and vulnerable families and individuals. On January 25, they voted to reduce spending for non-security domestic discretionary programs (annually appropriated programs that do not include military, veterans, and homeland security) back to FY ’08 levels. These Read More »

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  • CHN: Republican Campaign to ‘Repeal and Replace’ Health Reform is Afoot

    On January 19, H.R. 2, a bill which would repeal the Affordable Care Act in its entirety, was brought to the floor of the House and passed, 245-189. All House Republicans and three Democrats voted for the bill, which the Congressional Budget Office projects would add $230 billion to the deficit over 10 years. (The Read More »

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