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 […]

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 […]

Congressional Battle over Budget Ceiling Rages

Congressional Battle over Budget Ceiling Rages Washington, DC continues to be embroiled in a heated debate around raising the national debt ceiling, which has brought Congress and the nation’s capital to a standstill. According to the Treasury Department the federal government will run out of money on August 2 if an agreement to raise the […]

Congressional Battle over Budget Ceiling Rages

Congressional Battle over Budget Ceiling Rages Washington, DC has come to a stand still as debate around raising the national debt ceiling continues to heat up. The federal government will run out of money on August 2 if an agreement is not reached. For the past week, Congressional leaders have been negotiating with President Obama […]