Monthly Archives: July 2014

  • CHN: Child Migrants Fleeing Central America Seek Safety in U.S.

    Children, some as young as five years old, have been making the dangerous trip from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador by themselves or with the help of paid smugglers. They have crossed the border and have been apprehended or turned themselves in to U.S. authorities. Large numbers are fleeing violence in their native countries. Some are trying to escape poverty; some are seeking family members in the United States. Read More »

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  • CHN: House Uses Funding Meant for Unemployment to Pay for Highway Bill Patch

    The House on Tuesday passed (367-55) a bill to fund road, bridge, and public transportation projects through May 2015, but they paid for the package with the same revenue sources the Senate had set aside to pay for its Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) bill. Read More »

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  • CHN: House Passes Bonus Depreciation Tax Break for Businesses

    On July 11, the House passed (258-160) a bill to make permanent the bonus depreciation tax break for businesses (H.R. 4718). The bill will cost $287 billion over 10 years and was passed without offsetting cuts or revenue increases to pay for the lost revenue the legislation will cause. A motion to limit the tax break to two years and deny the break to corporations that change their residency to overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes (known as corporate “inversion”) was defeated (191-229). Read More »

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  • CHN: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Signed Into Law

    Legislation to update the federal workforce development system was signed into law by President Obama today. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) will replace the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which was originally passed in 1998 and has been overdue for reauthorization for over a decade. WIOA (H.R. 803) will provide job training and career services to youth and adults to help them prepare for work or additional education, find and keep jobs, and build the skills necessary for the 21st century. Read More »

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