Yearly Archives: 2018

  • CHN: Stopgap Spending Bill Pushes Potential FY19 Partial Government Shutdown off for Two Weeks

    A partial government shutdown was avoided when President Trump on Dec. 7 signed a stopgap measure, also known as a Continuing Resolution (CR), to fund several federal departments through Dec. 21. The possibility of a government shutdown after Dec. 21 isn’t totally out of the question, however. Read More »

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  • CHN: More than 189,000 Comments Submitted on Proposed Anti-Immigrant Public Charge Rule Changes

    More than 189,000 comments have been received to date on the Trump Administration’s proposed “public charge” rule, which would make it harder for immigrants to come to or stay in the U.S. if they use any number of public benefits they are legally entitled to, such as SNAP/food stamps or housing assistance. The deadline for submitting comments is 11:59pm ET on December 10. Read More »

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  • CHN: Farm Bill Negotiations Near Conclusion

    Advocates are cautiously optimistic that the compromise version of the Farm Bill, which could be released as early as Dec. 11 and voted on in the House and Senate as early as this week, will not include expanded work requirements and tightened eligibility requirements. While final details of the compromise version of the bill aren’t yet fully known, reports are that the bill closely follows the Senate-passed version of the bill, which did not have the deep cuts and harmful changes to SNAP that were included in the version that narrowly passed the House in June. Read More »

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  • CHN: Two Proposals for Reauthorizing TANF Introduced

    Two bills recently introduced in the Senate take very different approaches to reauthorizing the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which provides cash assistance and help in moving from welfare to work for low-income families with children. If a bipartisan reauthorization bill does not pass both chambers of Congress as a stand-alone bill or is not added to year-end FY19 spending bills, another temporary extension into 2019 will be needed. Read More »

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  • CHN: Criminal Justice Bill Remains in Limbo

    With time running out for the 115th Congress, the fate of bipartisan criminal justice reform is unclear. The First Step Act would correct some of the inequities in the federal criminal justice system that were caused, in part, by anti-crime legislation passed by Congress in the 1990s and signed by President Clinton. Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate Confirms New CFPB Director Opposed by Advocates

    On Dec. 6, the Senate narrowly confirmed (50-49 along party lines) Kathy Kraninger to a five-year term as the new director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Kraninger stated that she will continue the line of leadership Mick Mulvaney, who advocates contend during his time as Acting Director of the CFPB repeatedly put the desires of the financial industry above the needs of consumers. Read More »

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  • CHN: Fiscal Year 2019 Begins Without a Shutdown and With a Labor-H Bill

    October 1 marked the start of Fiscal Year 2019 for the federal government. While all 12 appropriations bills that are required to keep the government running had not been passed by the September 30 deadline, five of them were passed by then. A partial government shutdown was avoided when President Trump on September 28 signed a stopgap measure, also known as a Continuing Resolution (CR), to fund the remaining departments through December 7. Read on for a summary of some of the highlights of the increases in the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Read More »

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  • CHN: House Passes More Tax Cuts

    On September 30, the House passed (220-191) a bill that would make permanent the tax cuts for individuals enacted as part of the GOP tax cut bill passed in December 2017. Only three Democrats voted in favor of the bill; 10 Republicans opposed it. According to the Tax Policy Center, the provisions of the package would cost as much as $3 trillion over a ten-year period, 50 percent more than the almost $2 trillion cost of the first round of tax cuts passed last year. Read More »

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  • CHN: Anti-Immigrant Public Charge Rule Changes Proposed

    On September 22, the Department of Homeland Security published a proposed rule on its website that would make it harder for immigrants to come to or stay in the U.S. if they use any number of public benefits they are legally entitled to, such as SNAP/food stamps or housing assistance. The proposed rule would make changes to what’s known as the “public charge” provisions of immigration law. Advocates believe that this is a back door way for the Trump administration to restrict family immigration and deter families from securing critical services. Read More »

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  • CHN: Farm Bill Expires as Negotiations Continue

    Lawmakers were unable to come to an agreement on the Farm Bill, which includes the reauthorization of SNAP/food stamps, before the 2014 law expired on September 30. While many programs are affected by this, SNAP and nearly all nutrition programs will continue to operate and distribute benefits. The heads of the Agriculture Committees in the House and Senate have said they hope to have a conference report, which works out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bills, ready for a vote in the lame duck session after the November elections. Read More »

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