Senate releases highly anticipated healthcare bill

June 22, 2017 0 COMMENTS

Update: On June 27, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that a vote on the Senate bill will be delayed until after the July 4th recess.

Following the May passage in the House of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Senate has now released the text of its own draft ACA reform bill.

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Controversial EEOC official reconfirmed as general counsel

December 03, 2014 0 COMMENTS

P. David Lopez, general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), won confirmation for another four-year term on a 53-43 Senate vote on December 3. The Senate also voted 93-2 to confirm Charlotte Burrows to a seat on the commission.

Lopez became the agency’s general counsel in April 2010. Before taking the general counsel post, he held various EEOC positions during a two-decade career with the agency.

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Senate vote deals blow to $10.10 minimum wage effort

May 01, 2014 0 COMMENTS

The campaign to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour fell a step backward in a Senate vote on April 30—a vote that brought cheers from business interests concerned that the increase would be too onerous on employers and jeers from labor groups that claim the current $7.25 minimum is inadequate.

Sixty votes were needed to advance the minimum wage bill, but the vote was 54-42. The bill calls for gradually raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 over 30 months. Further increases would be tied to inflation.

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Senate vote puts NLRB at full strength

July 31, 2013 0 COMMENTS

The U.S. Senate’s July 30 vote to confirm nominees for all five seats of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) means the Board will have a full slate of confirmed members for the first time in more than a decade.

Republicans Harry I. Johnson III and Philip A. Miscimarra and Democrats Kent Hirozawa and Nancy Schiffer were confirmed for first-time membership on the Board. The Senate also voted to confirm current Board Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce for a second term. His first term expires on August 27.

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NLRB nominees face opposition during Senate committee hearing

May 17, 2013 0 COMMENTS

On May 16, President Barack Obama’s nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) went before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and the two nominees who were selected as recess appointees in 2012 failed to impress the committee’s ranking member, Senator Lamar Alexander.

Alexander (R-Tennessee) said he would oppose the nominations of Democrats Sharon Block and Richard Griffin because “they continued to decide cases after the federal appellate court unanimously decided they were unconstitutionally appointed.”

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Senate Votes Down Health Care Reform Repeal Legislation

February 03, 2011 0 COMMENTS

On Wednesday, February 2, the U.S. Senate voted 51-47 against a largely symbolic amendment that would repeal the health care reform legislation enacted last year. (The amendment was to an unrelated Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding bill.) Senate Republicans unanimously backed the amendment, which would have repealed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), but no Democrats voted in favor of the measure.

Even if the Senate had approved the repeal amendment, it was unlikely to move much further since President Barack Obama had previously indicated that he would veto it. The Senate did, however, pass another amendment to the FAA bill that would repeal a tax-reporting provision found in the PPACA by an 81-17 vote.

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Senate Passes Another COBRA Subsidy Extension Bill

March 16, 2010 6 COMMENTS

Last week, the U.S. Senate passed legislation that would further extend the federal COBRA subsidy created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act of 2010 (H.R. 4213), which passed the Senate by a 62-36 vote, would extend the subsidy to individuals who were involuntarily terminated through December 31, 2010.

The new legislation is a follow-up to the Temporary Extension Act of 2010 (H.R. 4691), which President Barack Obama signed into law at the beginning of March. This previous legislation extended the federal COBRA subsidy to individuals who are involuntarily terminated between March 1, 2010, and March 31, 2010.

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Senate Health Care Reform Bill’s Impact on Employers

November 19, 2009 8 COMMENTS

After weeks of negotiating, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) finally unveiled a highly anticipated health care reform bill Wednesday night called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The 2,074-page bill is a combination of two different health care reform bills approved by Senate committees earlier this year. Reid revealed the Senate bill less than two weeks after the U.S. House of Representatives passed its own version of health care reform legislation by a slim 220-215 margin.

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