Monthly Archives: March 2015

  • CHN: FY2016 Congressional Budget Proposals Highlight Differences in Priorities

    Several budget proposals were released this week for Fiscal Year 2016 and beyond. The differences in them highlight the major ideological differences and partisan priorities, both amongst themselves and when compared with the President’s budget released last month. While the House and Senate Budget Committee budgets cut taxes for the wealthy, cut human needs programs, and repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Congressional Progressive Caucus budget offers a plan to invest in broadly shared economic growth and economic security for all Americans. Read More »

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  • CHN: House Budget Committee Budget Resolution

    The House Budget Committee, led by Chairman Tom Price (R-GA), released its budget on Tuesday. This proposal cuts overall spending by at least $5 trillion over 10 years, cutting $400 billion more in spending than the harmful budget passed by the House last year. Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate Budget Committee Budget Resolution

    The Senate Budget Committee, chaired by Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), released its budget on Wednesday. It has many similarities to the House budget, mainly in that it would also slash funds for critical human needs programs and take resources away from low-income Americans. Read More »

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  • CHN: Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget Resolution

    In stark contrast to the House and Senate Budget Committee budgets is the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) alternative budget resolution, which was released Wednesday. This budget blueprint reverses harmful cuts, ends inequitable spending through the tax code, and invests in job creation. Advocates believe the CPC budget demonstrates it is possible to make the needed Read More »

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  • CHN: Next Steps in the FY16 Budget Process

    The Congressional Black Caucus and House Budget Committee Democrats, led by Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), are scheduled to release their respective budget blueprints next week. The House and Senate Budget Committee budgets are expected to be up for full floor votes next week after passing (along party lines) their respective committees this week. Read More »

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  • CHN: Showdown on Immigration and Homeland Security Funding Comes to a Head in Congress

    The fight over funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the President’s executive action on immigration came to a head in Congress last week. A partial government shutdown was averted at the last minute with a temporary stop-gap spending measure that will keep DHS funded through March 6 while the House and Senate try to work out their differences. Read More »

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  • CHN: Subcommittees Hearings Begin on FY2016 Budget

    The House and Senate will be developing budgets for FY 2016 this month. To prepare for this, many House and Senate Appropriations subcommittee held hearings in February to begin discussing budget needs, restraints, and priorities. Read More »

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  • CHN: House Passes Billions in Business Tax Breaks; Leaves out Low-Income Tax Credits

    In mid-February, the full House passed (272-142 and 279-137) a series of tax breaks for businesses at a cost of more than $93 billion over 10 years. The bills, H.R. 636 and H.R. 644, would make these breaks permanent parts of the tax code. Read More »

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