Monthly Archives: June 2015

  • CHN: Appropriations Bills Advance in House and Senate…Brick Wall Ahead

    House and Senate appropriators have moved many of their bills forward for the fiscal year beginning next October. Out of the dozen bills that need action, the full House has passed six bills; another four have been approved in the full Appropriations Committee. In the Senate, while nothing has gotten to a floor vote, nine of the bills have gotten full committee approval. Unlike previous years, the usually highly controversial Labor-HHS-Education bill has been approved by the full Appropriations Committees of both House and Senate. Read More »

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  • CHN: Low Funding Approved for Labor-HHS-Education in House and Senate Appropriations Committees

    Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have passed their FY 2016 spending bills for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. The bills provide $153 billion in discretionary (annually appropriated) spending, $3.6 billion below the FY 2015 level and at least $14.5 billion below the amount proposed by President Obama. Read More »

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  • CHN: Transportation-HUD Approved by Senate Appropriations Committee and by the Full House -Too Few Rental Vouchers

    The Transportation-HUD spending bill passed in Senate Appropriations on June 25 does add some funding for vouchers, specifying 10,000 new vouchers for homeless veterans and 2,500 vouchers to prevent families with children from being split up for lack of housing, as well as $40 million in new funding for homeless youth. But there is not enough funding to restore the 67,000 vouchers still lost because of sequestration in FY 2013. House-passed funding is somewhat lower than the Senate bill. Read More »

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  • CHN: Supreme Court Upholds the Affordable Care Act; Congress Continues Attempts to Take it Down

    The Supreme Court’s decision last Thursday upholding the use of subsidies in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) didn’t stop Republicans in Congress from talking about their next steps to try to repeal the law. Read More »

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  • CHN: Fiscal Year 2016 Appropriations Process Continues

    The House and Senate are going through the motions of marking up FY 2016 appropriations bills. The House has passed six of the 12 bills on the floor; the Senate has passed three bills out of the full Appropriations Committee but none has yet to reach the floor. Looming over the process are the Administration’s statements that the President will veto any appropriations bills that come to his desk while the ‘sequestration’ cuts for FY 2016 are still in place. Read More »

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  • CHN: Immigration Programs Remain Blocked, For Now

    On May 26, a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Department of Justice’s request for an emergency stay of a lower court’s decision temporarily blocking two of the biggest initiatives under President Obama’s executive action on immigration. The circuit court’s decision will keep the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program from being implemented for the time being. Read More »

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  • CHN: Organizations Urge President Obama to End Family Detention  

    Last week, nearly 100 national advocacy organizations signed a letter to President Obama urging him to end the practice of detaining mothers and children who come to the U.S. fleeing violence in Central America. Since June 2014, the number of family detention beds operated by the Obama Administration has skyrocketed by 4,300 percent. Read More »

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