Monthly Archives: June 2013

  • CHN: Senate Floor Debate on Immigration Begins

    On June 11, the Senate overwhelming agreed by a vote of 82-15 on a motion to proceed with debate on the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744). All 53 Democrats, the 2 Independents and 27 Republicans voted to allow debate to begin. The margin of the vote belies the difficult road ahead. Almost immediately the debate focused on the threshold needed to pass amendments – would it be a simple majority or would they require 60 votes? Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate Passes Farm Bill with Cuts to SNAP as House Prepares to Bring Even More Devastating Bill to the Floor

    On Monday June 10, the Senate passed its 5-year farm bill (S. 954) by a vote of 66-27, with 18 Republicans joining Democrats on passage. The Senate bill includes a $4.1 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over ten years. The House will attempt to pass its own bill starting the week of June 17. The bill approved by the House Agriculture Committee and now headed to the floor goes even further than the Senate-passed bill, cutting $20.5 billion from SNAP over the same ten-year period. Read More »

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