Monday, November 6, 2017

What's New at The Ponder News 11.6.17

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We are in the process of adding links along the sidebar of the blog to navigate the main web site with. Below is the newest pages and information found at The Ponder News.

Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Championing Health Kids Act, H.R. 3922 by a vote of 242-174.
It now goes to the Senate.

The Championing Healthy Kids Act, H.R. 3922, uses offsets to fund CHIP and programs like community health centers while eliminating $5 billion in scheduled cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSH). The bill includes a two-year extension of funding for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), which focus on delivering health care to underserved populations through community-based and patient-centered models.

The CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act (H.R. 3922) includes:

  • Five year extension of Children’s Health Insurance Program;
  • wo year extension of Community Health Center funding at $3.6 billion;
  • Eliminates Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSH) reductions;
  • Two year extension of funding for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program, the Youth Empowerment Program,
  • Family-to-Family Health Information Centers, Funding for the National Health Service Corps, Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education, and the Personal Responsibility Education Program are included in this bill;
  • Two year Extension of the Special Diabetes Program for Type 1 Diabetes and the Special Diabetes Program for Indians; and
  • Over $1 billion for the Medicaid programs in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

    The latest headlines are as follows:

  • Culberson Statement on Passage of the Championing Healthy Kids Act
  • Chairman Crowley Statement on Republicans Playing Political Games with Children's Health
  • Clark Statement on Republicans’ cynical CHIP bill
  • Carter Votes to Protect Children's Health Care
  • Carson Statement on Republican CHIP Reauthorization Vote
  • Byrne Votes to Keep Communities Healthy
  • Burgess Statement in Support of Vital Public Health Legislation
  • Dr. Bucshon Votes to Reauthorize Funding for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and Other Important Public Health Programs

    Tax Reform

    For individuals and families, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

  • Lowers individual tax rates for low- and middle-income Americans to zero, 12 percent, 25 percent, and 35 percent so people can keep more of the money they earn throughout their lives, and continues to maintain 39.6 percent for high-income Americans.
  • Significantly increases the standard deduction to protect roughly double the amount of what you earn each year from taxes – from $6,350 to $12,000 for individuals and $12,700 to $24,000 for married couples.
  • Eliminates special-interest deductions that increase rates and complicate Americans’ taxes – so an individual or family can file their taxes on a form as simple as a postcard.
  • Establishing a new Family Credit – which includes expanding the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $1,600 to help parents with the cost of raising children, and providing a credit of $300 for each parent and non-child dependent to help all families with their everyday expenses.
  • Retains popular retirement savings options such as 401(k)s and Individual Retirement Accounts so Americans can continue to save for their future.

    For job creators of all sizes, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

  • Lowers the corporate tax rate to 20 percent – down from 35 percent, which today is the highest in the industrialized world – the largest reduction in the U.S. corporate tax rate in our nation’s history.
  • Reduces the tax rate on the hard-earned business income of Main Street job creators to no more than 25 percent – the lowest tax rate on small business income since World War II.
  • Establishes strong safeguards to distinguish between individual wage income and “pass-through” business income so Main Street tax relief goes to the local job creators it was designed to help mosli>Prevents American jobs, headquarters, and research from moving overseas by eliminating incentives that now reward companies for shifting jobs, profits, and manufacturing plants abroad.

    The Latest Headlines are as Follows:

  • Curbelo: Tax Reform Will Let South Floridians Keep More of Their Paychecks
  • Costa Statement on House Republican Tax Bill
  • Conaway Announces Support for Tax Reform
  • Collins Applauds Tax Reform Legislation
  • Congressman Cheney's Statement on The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
  • Carter on House Tax Plan: This is a Big Day
  • Carson Statement on House Republicans' Tax Bill
  • Rep. Calvert Statement on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
  • Byrne Statement on Release of Tax Reform Bill
  • Congresswoman Bustos Statement on Washington Republicans’ Billionaires-First Tax Plan
  • Release Of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Marks the Beginning Of Historic Tax Reform
  • Rep. Buchanan Statement on Tax Reform Legislation
  • GOP Tax Cut Bill Puts Billionaires Ahead of Middle-Class Families, Says Brownley
  • Brooks: Hardworking Hoosiers Will Be Able to Keep More of Their Paychecks


    Other News

    News that doesn't have it's own page yet can be found at the "Other News" Page on The Ponder News.

    Headlines are as follows:

  • Cohen Introduces Bill to Force the President to Comply With JFK Records Collection Act
  • Cicilline Joins Fellow Democratic Leaders in Crafting “A Better Deal” for American Workers
  • Castro Statement on Rosa Maria’s Release
  • Ken Buck and Colleagues Call on Senate to Act
  • Brown Demands Universities and Colleges Get Off the Sidelines on Campus Hate Incidents


    Opioid Epidemic

  • Dr. Bucshon Commends President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis’ Final Report


    Mass Shootings

  • Statement on heartbreaking news from Sutherland Springs, Texas
  • Statement from Trump about Shooting in Sutherland, Texas Church



  • Budd Applauds House Repeal Of Independent Payment Advisory Board
  • Burgess Statement on House Passage of Bill to Repeal IPAB


    Natural Disasters

  • E&E NEWS: [Cramer] Bill passes to prevent electric fires on public land
  • House Initiates Action to Address Wildfires and Improve Forest Management
  • Cartwright, Lance Applaud Committee Passage of Bipartisan PREPARE Act
  • House Unanimously Passes C├írdenas Amendment to Study Drones in Wildfire Response



  • U.S. Rep. Castor on the Passing of Jan Platt, a Trailblazer and Tampa Icon


    Diversity Lottery

  • Rep. Clarke Statement on Trump Attack on Diversity Visa Lottery

  • Statement from Trump about Shooting in Sutherland, Texas Church

    Source: The White House

    "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of today’s murderous attack in Sutherland Springs, Texas. This horrible act of evil occurred as the victims and their families were in their place of sacred worship. We cannot put into words the pain and grief we all feel, and we cannot begin to imagine the suffering of those who lost the ones they loved. Our hearts are broken.

    But in dark times such as these, Americans do what we do best: we pull together. We join hands. We lock arms. And through the tears and the sadness, we stand strong.

    My Administration is providing its full support to the state and local authorities investigating this horrible crime. I have spoken with Governor Abbott, and we offer our thanks to the first responders who ultimately stopped the suspect and rendered immediate and lifesaving aid to the victims of this shooting. I will continue to follow developments closely.

    All of America is praying to God to help the wounded and the families – we will never leave their side."

    - President Donald J. Trump, November 5, 2017

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