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Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), chairman of the Agriculture Committee is pushing for a Senate floor vote this coming week on a compromise farm. He told reporters that a deal reached by congressional negotiators treats the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a program of high importance to low- and moderate-income seniors, in much the same way as the bipartisan Senate bill's status quo approach.
Congressional Democrats are preparing to descend hard on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Both Senate and House lawmakers are signaling their interest in at least halting the Trump administration’s dismantling of the agency’s prerogatives, if not reversing them.
A showdown looms between President Trump and Congress over FY 2019 spending prerogatives and the political chasm between the two makes it increasingly likely for a partial government shutdown approaching the holidays.
With lawmakers spinning their wheels in the first week back to work following the mid-term elections, little was accomplished other than ousted and retiring lawmakers readying their swan-song speeches, newcomers jockeying for position on the sidelines, and members figuring out what to do in the three weeks left of the lame-duck session following the week-long Thanksgiving respite.
Between 800,000 and 1.1 million households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits in 2017 would experience a $50 to $75 cut in their monthly benefit under certain provisions of the farm bill now before the Republican-led House of Representatives.
Lawmakers return to Washington Nov. 13 to clear the legislative deck for the year and to jockey for leadership positions in the next Congress. With a major shift in the power center, little likely will be accomplished legislatively, including resolution of the remaining FY 2019 spending measures.
The midterms underscored aging issues such as keeping the Affordable Care Act (ACA), considering Medicare for All proposals, and reducing prescription drug costs, with the outcomes strengthening the prospects for the last item.
Legislation promoted now becomes talking points for bills that will be introduced in the new Congress. The preponderance of bills offered by Democrats reflects the party’s belief they will take the House majority in the elections.
The deadline for renewing the Farm Bill passed over the weekend. Many of the programs important in the life of older adults, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and most nutrition services, will continue uninterrupted -- st least for now.
The Senate has unanimously approved a resolution, authored by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), chair of the Senate Aging Committee, and cosponsored by Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), the committee’s ranking member, marking Sept. 22 (the first day of the fall season) as “National Falls Prevent...
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