Urge Congress to Stop Across-the-Board Cuts, Sign Onto Letter

Urge Congress to Stop Across-the-Board Cuts, Sign Onto Letter Beginning in January 2013, all nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs will face indiscriminate, across-the-board cuts of 8.4 percent through the “sequestration” process outlined in the Budget Control Act of 2011. Such cuts would devastate medical and scientific research; education and job training; infrastructure; public safety and law […]

House Votes to Strip Billions in Health Care Funding

House Votes to Strip Billions in Health Care Funding On Thursday, May 10, the House of Representatives passed the Sequester Reconciliation Act of 2012 (H.R. 5652). Championed by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and conservative House leadership, it would reduce the deficit on the backs of the nation’s poor and uninsured by reducing or eliminating […]

House Republicans Propose Billions in Healthcare Cuts to Avoid Mandatory Reduction in Defense Spending

House Republicans Propose Billions in Healthcare Cuts to Avoid Mandatory Reduction in Defense Spending House Republicans have introduced legislation to replace mandatory spending cuts required by last year’s Budget Control Act. The bill is the start of an effort by House leadership to prevent $600 billion in defense cuts over 10 years. Six House committees […]

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Update Two

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments around challenges to several elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the minimum coverage requirement (also known as the individual mandate) and the Medicaid expansion, which would extend eligibility to all U.S. citizens making up to 133 percent of the federal poverty […]

Congressional Tri-Caucus Introduces Health Equity Bill

Congressional Tri-Caucus Introduces Health Equity Bill On Thursday, September 15, the Congressional Tri-Caucus, comprised of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus introduced the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2011. Expanding on the foundation laid by the Affordable Care Act, it includes provisions that among other […]

Deficit Super Committee Meets for First Time

Deficit Super Committee Meets for First Time Today, September 8, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, often referred to as the “super committee” created by the debt ceiling agreement last month, will convene for the first time. The committee has until Thanksgiving to identify and agree upon $1.5 trillion in deficit savings through spending […]

Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduces JUSTICE Act

Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduces JUSTICE Act This month, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced H.R. 2704, The Justice for the Unprotected against Sexually Transmitted Infections among the Confined and Exposed (JUSTICE) Act, which would require distribution of condoms to inmates and would automatically reinstate or reenroll prisoners who test positive for HIV in Medicaid before reentering […]

Congress Reaches Debt Ceiling Agreement

Congress Reaches Debt Ceiling Agreement On August 2nd, Congress and the President finally reached an agreement to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. In exchange for raising the limit, Congress and the President agreed to a package of spending reductions that would immediately cut $1 trillion from the deficit over 10 years by placing caps on […]