Category Archives: Capitol Hill

GOP’s ACA Repeal Would Kill the State’s Individual Insurance Markets

Republican lawmakers’ efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act would upend state’s’ individual health insurance markets even as they have started to stabilize and become more sustainable, according to a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis.

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CR Signed, Keeps Federal Government Open to April 28

The Lame Duck 114th Congress passed a Continuing Resolution to keep the government running through April 28, when the new Congress will have to pass another appropriations measure for the rest of FY 2017. The short-term funding bill includes a … Continue reading

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Lawmakers call on DoEd Nominee DeVos to pay $5M Overdue Fine

A group of senators is calling on Betsy DeVos, President-elect Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary, to repay more than $5 million in election fines owed by her school-choice advocacy group.

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Six New Members Named to Board of ‘Nation’s Report Card’

Education Secy. John King Jr. names six appointees to the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy and metrics for National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation’s Report Card. The were named to serve four-year terms. … Continue reading

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Congress to Tackle Spending Bills Upon Return from Recess

Congress will have to quickly restart the appropriations process upon their return to Capitol Hill after their seven-week summer recess – the longest summer vacation Congress has taken in 60 years – to beat the Sept. 30 budget deadline.

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Bill Would Create $120M K-12 School Diversity Fund

Lawmakers introduce the Stronger Together School Diversity Act of 2016, which will create a $120 million fund to promote diversity in K-12 schools. The bill, (S 3168/HR 5738) sponsored by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH),  … Continue reading

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Advocates Worry about Ryan’s ‘Better Way’ Agenda

Children and youth advocates criticized House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) A Better Way program of welfare reform for offering the wrong solutions, ignoring programs that work and endorsing those that don’t. Ryan’s agenda calls for a broad overhaul of the … Continue reading

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Senate FY 2017 Spending Bill Includes Hike for HHS, Cut for DoEd

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed the FY 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (Labor-HHS-Ed) spending bill, which provides a slight funding boost for HHS and a small cut for the Education Dept.

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TANF Cash Assistance Doesn’t Go Far Enough, Advocates Say

Children and youth advocates are urging congressional appropriators to increase funding for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, which has been significantly eroded by inflation over the last several decades, said a new report. The Center for … Continue reading

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GOP Spending Plan Would Make Significant Budget Cuts

The House Republican FY 2017 budget plan, which could come to the House floor soon, would make Info: significant cuts to children and youth programs important to TGA readers, said a new Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis. The GOP … Continue reading

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