Monthly Archives: June 2016

  • Gun Control Debates Take Over Appropriations Process

    The issue of gun control took over the appropriations process in both chambers of Congress last week following the horrific mass shooting in Orlando. House Democrats staged a 24+ hour sit-in to urge House leaders to vote to end the loopholes that prevent background checks for gun sales at gun shows or online and to allow gun sales to be denied to those on terror watch lists. Read More »

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  • A Divided Supreme Court Fails to Protect Millions of Immigrants

    In a blow to millions of immigrants, a deadlocked (4-4) Supreme Court on June 23 let stand a lower court ruling blocking President Obama’s November 2014 executive actions expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (expanded DACA) guidelines and creating the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program. Read More »

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  • House Republicans Pass ‘Compromise’ Zika Package that Angers Democrats

    Although House and Senate members from both sides of the aisle previously met in formal negotiations, known as conferencing, over funding to respond to the Zika virus, the House last week passed a Zika package that was a compromise between House and Senate Republicans but that angered Democrats in both chambers. Read More »

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  • House Passes 1-Year Extension of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the cash assistance and other services program for poor families with children, was reauthorized by the House for another year with little change. The TANF extension was attached to the Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (H.R. 5170), a bill to create poverty-related demonstration projects through a funding mechanism called social impact bonds. Read More »

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  • House GOP Releases the Rest of its Agenda, including its Health Care Alternative

    Following the June 7 release of talking points on fighting poverty, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the House Republican Task Forces he assembled continued to unveil additional pieces of the GOP agenda this month, including policy pieces on national security, the economy, the Constitution, health care, and tax reform. Read More »

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  • Appropriations Overview Update

    The appropriations process is proceeding through Congressional committees but is moving more slowly through the full House and Senate. Twelve spending bills are required to keep the government operating; the House has passed 10 through appropriations subcommittees, eight of those through the full House appropriations committee, but only two through the full House (another was taken up by the full House but was rejected). Read More »

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  • Labor-HHS-Education Bill Moves in Senate

    On Thursday, June 9, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed (29-1) the FY17 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (Labor-HHS-Ed) spending bill, the first bipartisan Labor-HHS-Ed bill in seven years. The measure would provide $161.9 billion in discretionary (annually appropriated) funding, $270 million below FY16 levels and $2 billion below President Obama’s request. Read More »

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  • Fight over War Spending Comes to a Head in the Senate

    The fight over the Pentagon’s war spending account came to a head in the Senate on Thursday, June 9 as the body continued debate on its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 2943). Senate Armed Services Chair John McCain (R-AZ) introduced an amendment that would authorize adding $18 billion to defense funding through the Pentagon’s uncapped Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account for additional fighter jets and tanks, maintenance and training, and other purposes outside of the overseas operations in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, which is the primary purpose for OCO. Read More »

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  • House GOP Releases Poverty Plan

    House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the House Republican Task Force on Poverty, Opportunity and Upward Mobility released their talking points for fighting poverty on Tuesday, June 7. It was not well-received by advocates or Democrats in Congress, and the Washington Post’s editorial writers criticized its “fatal lack of specificity.” Read More »

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