January 30, 1995 |
Alvin Jones may not fit the image of a lobbyist, but as a reformed substance abuser he was in some ways an ideal candidate to deliver a message to a Congress intent on slashing federal spending. So a national advocacy group sent Jones from his Skid Row rooming house in Los Angeles to tell lawmakers in Washington how federal money helped him put his life in order and to urge them not to end financial support for public housing.
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March 13, 1995 |
Presiding over one of a series of federal budget-cutting sessions recently, Rep. Ron Packard (R-Oceanside) was in no mood to hear excuses. Like his fellow "cardinals"--a title afforded to chairmen of House Appropriations subcommittees--Packard needed to slash the budgets of the agencies under his panel's jurisdiction. Everything, he had proclaimed, from new book purchases for the blind by the Library of Congress to the planned renovation of the Botanic Gardens, was on the table.
January 17, 1995 |
Moving aggressively to defend what he considers one of the crown jewels of his Administration, President Clinton on Monday assailed Republican efforts to gut the 6-month-old national service program. Clinton's vigorous defense of the volunteer program marked a deliberate attempt to pick a fight with the new GOP majority in Congress over an issue on which Clinton believes he has the public's support and the moral high ground.
January 10, 2000 |
A tough campaign to root out fraud, with an assist from low inflation, has slowed Medicare's spending growth to its lowest level in the program's 35-year history, according to a government report to be issued today. If such savings can be maintained, they could guarantee Medicare's financial soundness for years and delay the drastic changes some politicians have warned will be necessary to keep the program solvent for the so-called baby boom generation. Medicare spending rose a scant 2.
June 21, 1991 |
Welfare recipients' checks would be cut. Automatic cost-of-living raises for social programs would be suspended. More than 10,000 state workers may lose their jobs. From all this, you might conclude that the state budget is shrinking. But it's not. The 1991-1992 budget plan the Assembly passed Thursday would increase spending 11% over the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, according to numbers supplied by the state Finance Department.
July 6, 1996 |
As thousands of AIDS researchers and activists from more than 100 countries headed toward Vancouver for this weekend's 11th International AIDS Conference, controversy erupted Friday over the Canadian government's commitment to fighting the epidemic. A wide spectrum of Canadian AIDS research and activist groups launched a nationwide publicity blitz to protest the government's decision not to renew $31 million in annual funding for Canada's principal AIDS program after 1998.
May 15, 1995 |
As they conduct their assault on the federal budget deficit, congressional Republicans are counting on an economic windfall from lower interest rates to help pay for tax relief, cushion the pain for some Americans who lose federal benefits and bolster the entire system of free enterprise. Yet many economists caution that nobody really knows how far or fast interest rates would fall if the federal budget were balanced. "We should be skeptical about particular numbers," said Allan H.
June 16, 1991 |
By the middle of the month, the Second Harvest Food Bank in Watsonville, Calif., is inundated with frantic phone calls from poor families with small children. They have already exhausted their food stamps and they need emergency donations to make it to the next allotment. "I get a box of food from the food bank, and that gets me through to the beginning of the next month," says Lisa Doughty, a single mother of two.
March 26, 1997 |
The Clinton administration, struggling to bring the nation's premier early education program for poor children into a new age of welfare reform, took new steps Tuesday to encourage those running Head Start programs to offer full-time, year-round services.
February 3, 1994 |
Complicating efforts to quickly pass an $8.6-billion earthquake assistance package, the House Democratic leadership reluctantly took steps late Wednesday virtually assuring that at least some of the aid will be offset by spending cuts in other federal programs.