June 27, 2016

  • Read articles from the June 27 edition, including pieces on gun control, the Supreme Court Decision on U.S. vs. Texas, Zika, TANF, and the latest House GOP plans on health, the economy, and more.

  • 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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