Monthly Archives: July 2018

  • CHN: House Spending Panel Passes Labor-HHS-Education Bill with Amendments on Migrant Family Separations

    The House Appropriations Committee passed its version of the FY19 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-H) appropriations bill on July 11. During a contentious 13-hour debate and markup of the bill, the House committee adopted 12 amendments related to families separated at the border. Some members of Congress have been considering pairing the Labor-H bill with the Department of Defense appropriations bill and moving them together on the House and Senate floors. Read More »

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  • CHN: House Moves Another Partisan Spending Package and More Money for Anti-Immigrant Enforcement

    In other appropriations news, the House passed a spending package on July 19 that combined the Interior-Environment spending bill with the Financial Services spending bill. Advocates objected to many poison pill partisan riders in the bill that would roll back environmental regulations and consumer protections. The Senate is expected to take up the package as early as this week but is expected to alter it significantly. Read More »

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  • CHN: Farm Bill – and Proposed SNAP Cuts – Heads to Conference

    On July 18, the House agreed by unanimous consent to go to conference with the Senate on a farm bill, which includes the reauthorization of SNAP/food stamps. A similar Senate vote is expected this week. A conference committee, which will be made up of House and Senate members, will be tasked with working out the differences between the two different versions of the bill that have been passed by the two chambers. Read More »

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  • CHN: Advocates Respond to Supreme Court Nominee

    Advocates responded with concerns about President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Concerns ranged from his position on the Affordable Care Act and disability rights to labor rights, voting rights, consumer protections, the environment, and more. Read More »

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  • CHN: Numerous Threats to Affordable Care Act Persist

    Multiple threats to the Affordable Care Act continue to chop away at the protections the law provides to millions. These include a lawsuit filed by Texas and 19 other states contending that the entire ACA is unconstitutional, and the Trump Administration allowing the sale of substandard junk plans. The Protect Our Care Coalition, of which CHN is a member, recently released a report, Summer of Sabotage, that analyzes a number of actions the Trump Administration has undertaken to undercut health care in the last few months. Read More »

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  • CHN: Spending Cuts Package Falls in the Senate

    Advocates breathed a sigh of relief when, on June 20, the Senate failed to bring to the floor the White House’s proposed package of domestic spending cuts, also known as rescissions. Supporters of the package tried a little-used rule in the Senate that allows members to force a bill out of committee and onto the floor with 50 votes, but only 48 senators voted in favor of moving the bill. Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Susan Collins (R-ME) joined all Democrats in opposing the move; Sen. Burr voted no because of a cut to the Land and Water Conservation Fund that was included in the package, and Sen. Collins said she opposed the rescissions process. Read More »

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  • CHN: Senate Spending Panel Passes Labor-HHS-Education Bill, but House Action is Postponed Again

    While there was some movement over the last two weeks on the FY19 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-H) appropriations bills, it’s not as much as was expected. While the Senate Appropriations Committee passed (30-1) its bipartisan version of the largest nondefense spending bill on June 28, the House Appropriations Committee postponed taking up its version of the bill for the second time in two weeks. Read More »

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  • CHN: House Votes in favor of Harmful SNAP Cuts, but Senate Bill Rejects Them

    The Senate passed (86-11) its bipartisan version of the Farm Bill on June 28. 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 passed on June 21. The Senate bill maintains current work requirements and eligibility requirements, unlike the House bill that expanded work requirements and tightened eligibility requirements. Read More »

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  • CHN: Immigration Bills Defeated in the House, as Judge Orders Reunification of Migrant Families

    The House rejected two immigration bills opposed by advocates in the last two weeks. The more restrictive of the two bills, sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), was considered by advocates to be extremely anti-immigrant. It would have made historic cuts to the number of immigrants, end the family-based immigration system and the diversity visa lottery, provide no path to citizenship for Dreamers (people who were brought to the U.S. as children), and make unlawful presence in the U.S. a criminal offense instead of a civil one, in addition to other harmful provisions. That bill failed 193-231, with 41 Republicans joining all Democrats in opposition, on June 21. Some moderate Republicans had been working with their conservative counterparts on a second immigration bill that, while maintaining many of the harmful pieces of the Goodlatte bill, would create a new limited merit-based visa program for a small percentage of Dreamers. This bill was also defeated, 121-301 with 112 Republicans joining all Democrats is opposition, on June 27. Read More »

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  • CHN: Supreme Court Upholds Discriminatory Muslim Ban

    On June 26, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling upholding the Trump Administration’s Muslim ban, allowing the government to effectively ban individuals from several Muslim-majority countries from coming to the U.S. The Court had previously allowed this third iteration of the ban, issued in September 2017, to go into effect while the case was moving through the courts. Read More »

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