Washington Insider: March 2010
The U.S. House of Representatives tonight, March 21, voted 219 to 212 to pass comprehensive health care reform.
The House approved legislation (H.R. 3590) passed by the Senate just before Christmas. The House also passed a second "corrections" bill (H.R. 4872) by a vote of 220 to 211.
The Senate is expected to take up the second bill within the next few days. Both bills are expected to be signed into law by President Barack Obama.
The Alliance for Children and Families and United Neighborhood Centers of America, both of which were cited by the White House last week for our support of comprehensive health care reform, applaud Congress for this historic action. … more
The U.S. Senate passed a $17.6 billion jobs bill (H.R. 2847) March 17 that includes a tax credit that would benefit nonprofit employers that could create 8,000 to 18,000 new nonprofit jobs.
The bill passed by a vote of 68-29 and now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.
Interested in how we do things in Washington? Check out my column, and the sidebar, in the latest edition of the Alliance magazine:
- Connections, Knowledge, and Implementation: Alliance and UNCA policy office impacts change by utilizing ‘connected expertise’ within Washington’s power structure
- Sidebar: Connected Expertise: The Real Currency of Power in Washington
About the Author
Katherine Astrich is senior vice president of public policy and mobilization for the Alliance and UNCA.
She previously worked as a consultant for The Lewin Group, a national health and human services consulting firm. She has advocated for Medicaid, early education, and workforce assistance programs that benefit vulnerable children and families.
Her expertise includes regulatory and information collection policy. She also has eight years of experience working for the Office of Management and Budget. ... more