July 22, 2013

  • CHN: Senate to Show the Cost of Continuing Sequester Cuts: Will Bring Transportation-Housing Appropriations to the Floor

    Following the FY 2014 budget plan passed by the Senate, Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and her Committee have been approving spending bills on the assumption that the sequestration cuts will end. The Senate’s total for appropriations is $1.058 trillion, $91 billion more than the House total. The House assumes that the deeper sequestration cuts will continue in FY 2014. These different assumptions make the gaps between House and Senate versions of each appropriations bill wide. They are even wider because the House protects military appropriations, preventing the Pentagon cuts scheduled by law for FY 2014 and shifting those cuts to domestic programs. Read More »

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  • CHN: House Removes SNAP and Other Nutrition Programs from Farm Bill to Enable Passage; Senate Sends Its Bill to House to Try to Force Conference Committee Action

    On Thursday, July 11 the House passed a split version of the farm bill (H.R. 2642) that excludes all nutrition programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and deals solely with the agriculture side of bill, including making crop subsidies permanent and the most expensive in history, according to the Environmental Working Group. This agriculture-only bill barely passed by a 216-208 vote, with no Democrats voting in favor. Historically, nutrition and agriculture programs have been tied together, so this change has been highly criticized, with over 500 food, farm, and conservation groups opposing passage of the bill (click here to see the letter these groups sent to Speaker Boehner). Read More »

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  • CHN: Student Loans Update: Deal on Compromise Bill Reached; Vote Expected This Week

    On July 1, 2013, subsidized Stafford loan rates doubled from 3.4% to 6.8%. Members of Congress had been scrambling to reach a resolution preventing the increase before the July 4th recess, but were unsuccessful. Continued negotiations have now resulted in an agreement that could place the bill on the Senate floor as soon as Tuesday, July 23. But the agreement is controversial among some Democrats, who were pushing for legislation that would keep student loans at lower rates. It is possible that the bill will need Republican votes to pass in the Senate. Read More »

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