House legislation

Congress Passes First Set of Appropriations Bills

Congress passed the first six Appropriations bills for 2024 last week. On Wednesday, March 6th, 2024, the House voted 339-85 to advance the package to the Senate; because the bills did not go through the Rules Committee, Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) had to rely on significant support from House Democrats to get the 2/3 majority

House Committee Marks Up Budget Resolution

On Thursday, March 7th, 2024, ahead of the President’s State of the Union Address, the House Budget Committee Chairman Jodey Arrington (R-TX) and Speaker Johnson announced a budget resolution for FY 2025. According to Chairman Arrington’s executive summary, the goal of this budget resolution is to reduce the deficit and curtail federal spending. The House

Ways and Means Republicans Introduce TANF Bills

On March 6th, House Ways and Means Committee Republicans introduced seven bills that would amend the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, addressing specific provisions. The bills would form the basis of a TANF reauthorization, which is long overdue, though they are unlikely to be supported by Democrats in either the House or the

First set of FY 2024 Funding Bills Released

On February 28, 2024, House Speaker Johnson (R-LA), Senate Majority Leader Schumer (D-NY), Senate Minority Leader McConnell (R-KY) and House Minority Leader Jeffries (D-NY) along with House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Granger (R-TX) and Ranking Member DeLauro (D-CT) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Murray (D-WA) and Vice Chair Collins (R-ME) released a statement unveiling a new

Funding Deadlines Loom While Tax Bill Stalls

The House and Senate will return from their Presidents’ Day recess this week without an agreement on the four funding bills that expire on March 1st, 2024, the end of this week. As previously reported, the House and Senate leadership were able to agree on topline numbers for the total FY 2024 budget that closely

House Field Hearing on Housing Policy

The Housing and Insurance Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee held a field hearing on Thursday, February 22, 2024, “Restoring Prosperity in American Communities: Examining the Failures of Status Quo Housing Policy.” Chairman Davidson (OH-R) stated that the American people have been adversely impacted by bad government decisions and failed federal housing policies. Further,

Protecting Missing and Exploited Children Hearing

The hearing entitled, Protecting Missing and Exploited Children, was convened by the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education and led by Chairman Bean (R-FL) advocated for the bipartisan Missing Children’s Reauthorization Act of 2023. The hearing addressed the significant increase in child exploitation and the critical role of

House Subcommittee Hearing on Lowering Healthcare Costs

On January 31st, 2024, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled “Health Care Spending in the United States: Unsustainable for Patients, Employers, and Taxpayers,” which discussed the rising costs of healthcare. Subcommittee on Health Chair Mr. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) led the hearing by emphasizing his commitment to “continuing

CWLA Endorses: Housing for Homeless Students Act

Representatives Danny Davis (D-IL) and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) introduced the Housing for Homeless Students Act on February 7, 2024, which would increase access to affordable housing for students who are homeless, including veterans and youth formerly in foster care. From the press release: “The Low Income Housing Tax Credit reduces the tax liability for developers

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