September 23, 2013

  • CHN: House Extremists in the Pilot’s Seat: Hurtling Towards Government Shutdown and Debt Crunch

    A government shutdown grew more likely last week, as House Republicans deferred to their most extreme members and passed a temporary spending bill that would defund the health care law. Making a headlong run towards the fiscal cliff, the House leadership also started talking about tying delay of the health care law to an increase in the debt limit. It comes down to this: extremists may shut down government and sabotage its fiscal integrity in their attempts to cripple the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Read More »

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  • CHN: Advocates’ All-Out Effort to Stop Deep Cuts to SNAP Falls Short

    On September 19, the House narrowly passed (217-210) a whopping nearly $40 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. Democrats were joined by 15 Republicans [Capito (WV), Fitzpatrick (PA), Fortenberry (NE), Gibson (NY), Grimm (NY), Hanna (NY), Jones (NC), King (NY), LoBiondo (NJ), Meehan (PA), Garry Miller (CA), Smith (NJ), Valadao (CA), Wolf (VA), and Young (AK)] in opposing the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013 (H.R. 3102). According to the Congressional Budget Office, the bill would result in 3.8 million people being removed from SNAP in 2014. At risk of losing SNAP are low-income working families, children, seniors, and unemployed childless adults. Read More »

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  • CHN: Minimum Wage and Overtime Protections Extended to Home Care Workers

    On September 17, the US Department of Labor announced that it will extend minimum wage laws and overtime protection to all home care aides who care for the elderly and people with disabilities as of January 1, 2015. This measure will end a 38-year ruling that excluded home care workers from receiving these basic protections. Direct care work is one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation, and almost two million people will benefit from this policy change. Aides help America’s elderly and disabled populations by assisting with daily tasks such as dressing or bathing, doing chores and administering medications in their homes. Read More »

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