Posts Tagged ‘senate’

In an article in the New York Times, it was reported that a bill, written under the direction of the House majority leader, Eric Cantor, Republican of Virginia, would cut $40 billion from the food stamp program over the next 10 years.  It would also require adults between 18 and 50 without minor children to find a job or to enroll in a work-training program in order to receive benefits.

“It’s a sad day in the people’s House when the leadership brings to the floor one of the most heartless bills I have ever seen,” said Representative James McGovern, Democrat of Massachusetts. “It’s terrible policy trapped in a terrible process.”

The measure has little chance of advancing in the Senate, and Senator Debbie Stabenow, Democrat of Michigagan and the chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, called it “a monumental waste of time.”

Yes, the federal government has budget problems, but children didn’t cause them, and cutting anti-hunger investments is the wrong way to solve them,” said Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus Campaign for Children, a child advocacy group.

This to me, is a sad bill designed to hurt our nations children.  I agree that changes are needed in the food stamp program, but this is not the way to do it.  I wonder how others feel about this?

 

Senate Bill 1476 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, crossed its last legislative hurdle Wednesday, when the Senate approved it on a concurrence vote of 21-13.  Under SB 1476, a judge could split custody, child support or visitation rights among three or more people who had acted as parents to the child.  To read my previous blog on the bill, here is the link.

It has now gone to Governor Brown for signature, after approval by the Assembly on August 27, 2012 and the Senate on August 29, 2012.  To read the bill waiting for signature, go to the link here.

 

The New York State Senate on Tuesday night expelled a senator convicted of assaulting his companion, the first time a member of the Legislature was forced from office in nearly a century. Hiram Monserrate, a Democrat from Queens, was convicted last fall of misdemeanor assault after a fight with his companion, Karla Giraldo, that left her with a deep gash on her face, though he was acquitted of more serious felony assault charges.

I have to say that I had not heard about this assault that occurred in December 2008. As I have blogged about many times in the past, domestic violence seems to be increasing in our society, including among well known public figures.

Mr. Monserrate’s attorneys are drafting a restraining order seeking to have him reinstated. It looks like this could be a long fight for the senate and Mr. Monserrate.

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