Monthly Archives: June 2018

  • CHN: Senate to Take up Spending Cuts Package This Week

    The Senate will take up the White House’s proposed package of domestic spending cuts, also known as rescissions, this week, just in time to meet the June 22nd deadline for using special rules that would allow the package to pass with a simple majority vote. The House narrowly passed the package, which totals nearly $15 billion in cuts, on June 6; 19 Republicans joined all Democrats in opposing it. All Democrats in the Senate are expected to oppose it too, and its passage in the Senate is not a done deal, since several Republican Senators have also voiced concerns about the package. Read More »

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  • CHN: FY19 Spending Season in Full Swing

    Fiscal Year 2019 spending season is in full swing, with appropriations work taking place in both chambers. In fact, the House passed its first group of FY19 spending bills, or “minibus,” on June 8. The Senate could take up its first minibus, which could consist of that chamber’s versions of the same three spending bills, as early as this week. Here are just a few of the highlights and lowlights from some of the bills that have moved in the past month, including the House Labor-HHS-Ed bill and the Senate THUD bill. Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate to Take Up Bipartisan Farm Bill, While House to Vote Again on Harmful SNAP Cuts

    The Senate Agriculture Committee approved (20-1) its bipartisan version of the Farm Bill on June 13, clearing the bill for Senate floor action as early as this week. The bill includes the reauthorization of SNAP/food stamps but without the deep cuts and harmful changes to SNAP that were included in the bill the House rejected on May 18. The Senate bill maintains current work requirements and eligibility requirements, unlike the House bill that expanded work requirements and tightened eligibility requirements. Even though the House bill was rejected in May, House leaders may bring the bill back up for another vote this week. Read More »

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  • CHN: Immigration Bills in Flux in the House

    The House is expected to vote this week on two immigration bills opposed by advocates, but the future of the votes is uncertain. The more restrictive of the two bills, sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), is considered by advocates to be extremely anti-immigrant. Read More »

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  • CHN: Advocates Take Steps to Stop Family Separations at the Border

    On June 17, Father’s Day, members of Congress and demonstrators opposed to the separation of immigrant children and their parents arrived at detention facilities in McAllen, Texas and in New Jersey. In McAllen, Rep. Vincente Gonzales (D-TX) said he estimated more than 100 children younger than 6 were being held there. Previously, advocates from across the country joined together at events in more than 60 towns and cities on June 14 to protest the Trump Administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at U.S. borders. Contrary to the repeated assertions of President Trump, there is no law requiring the Administration to separate children from their parents. Read More »

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