Legislation

Neighborhood Stabilization Program in Chicago

The federally funded Neighborhood Stabilization Program in Chicago is designed to reverse the downward trend affecting many of our neighborhoods. By creating high quality, energy efficient housing and arranging for tiered subsidies based on income levels and neighborhoods, the program will re-ignite local markets, lock in affordability for buyers and renters, and support local economic development and job growth.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

In 2009, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  The goals of the Recovery Act were to create new jobs and save existing ones, spur economic activity and invest in long-term growth, and foster unprecedented levels of accountability and transparency in government spending.

Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act puts in place strong consumer protections, provides new coverage options and gives you the tools you need to make informed choices about your health.

Fewer Children in the U.S. Lack Health Insurance

Florida led the nation in reducing the number of uninsured children, in part because the state’s Medicaid rolls swelled as the economy soured. But legislation passed in 2009 has also simplified the process and reduced penalties for those who don’t pay premiums.

South Carolina is trying to make it easier for low-income children who already qualify for health care coverage to enroll in Medicaid. The state’s Medicaid director is requesting an additional $35 million from the state for next year’s budget. Nearly $30 million of that would pay to add an estimated 70,000 children to Medicaid rolls by streamlining the application process.

More than 128,000 children are on the waiting list in Arizona after officials froze their KidsCare program enrollment in 2010 to help balance the state budget. The program now has approximately 15,000 children – down from 45,820. The state recently submitted a two-year plan for federal approval that would allow enrollment of 19,000 children now on a waiting list.

State Tax Codes as Poverty Fighting Tools

In 2010, 46.2 million people lived in poverty, the largest number of families living in poverty in the 52 years since poverty has
been measured. Forty-seven states and the District of Columbia also experienced an increase in the number of residents living in poverty.
Astonishingly, state tax policies in virtually every state are making this problem worse.  Almost every state imposes higher
effective tax rates on low-income families than on upper- and middle-income taxpayers.  State tax systems already create an unfair playing field for their poorest residents.  Augmenting the disparity, many states, faced with ongoing budget crunches, have been trying to close their fiscal gaps by raising taxes even higher on the lowest earners. This report presents a comprehensive view of anti-poverty tax policy decisions made in the states in 2011 and of ers recommendations every state should consider to help families rise out of poverty

Creating Pathways to Opportunity

President Obama has called for our Nation to “out innovate, out educate, and out build the rest of the world.”  To answer this call, we must ensure that all Americans have the foundation and opportunities they need to build a strong economic life.  This report describes the many ways the Administration has fought to make sure that all Americans have the tools to weather these difficult economic times and a clear pathway to achieve economic stability and security.  Central to this commitment going forward is the American Jobs Act, a key part of President Obama’s plan to spur economic growth and put Americans back to work.

Rebalancing Act: Updating U.S. Food and Farm Policies

The 2012 Hunger Report recommends ways for U.S. development assistance and food aid programs to work together more efficiently. Food aid programs should follow the lead of Feed the Future—the new U.S. Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative—by focusing more deliberately on improving nutrition outcomes for the most vulnerable people, especially pregnant and lactating women and children under the age of 2. This will help achieve the strongest possible nutrition outcomes with the limited resources available.

New York S980

Increases Medicaid reimbursement payment aggregate for private duty nursing services and care.

New York S.B. 5316

Prohibits hiring discrimination by employers, employment agencies and licensing agencies based upon an individual’s unemployment status.

H.R. 350 Anti-Hunger Empowerment Act of 2011

H.R. 350 would amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to provide greater access to the supplemental nutrition assistance program by reducing duplicative and burdensome administrative requirements, authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to award grants to certain community-based nonprofit feeding and anti-hunger groups for the purpose of establishing and implementing a Beyond the Soup Kitchen Pilot Program for certain socially and economically disadvantaged populations.