Tag Archives: U.S. House of Representatives

Congressional Hearing about Educating Diverse Students

The House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education held a hearing on March 18, 2010 titled “Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization: Addressing the Needs of Diverse Students” to examine how schools can appropriately educate low-income, minority, English Language Learners, disabled, Native American, and homeless students within the context of reauthorizing  the Elementary and Secondary ... Read More »

Social Work Month Resolution Passes

On March 17, the House of Representatives passed the Professional Social Work Month and World Social Work Day Resolution honoring social workers by a vote of 419-0.  Social worker and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter managed the bill during the debate.  To view the debate and final passage, please go to: Video of Reps. Shea-Porter and Guthrie managing the social work month ... Read More »

NASW Health Care Reform Roundup – February 23, 2009

Earlier this week the White House released a summary of its $950 billion plan to reconcile the House and Senate versions of comprehensive health reform legislation. Release of the plan marks a new phase of more direct presidential involvement in the legislative negotiations. The President’s plan largely favors the Senate’s bill and clarifies use of a legislative strategy known as ... Read More »

News from the Hill – February 2010

Take Action Now! – Social Work Reinvestment On February 3, Ed Towns (NY-10) introduced H.R. 795, the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act. To date there are 38 cosponsors. The act establishes a Social Work Reinvestment Commission to address the future of the profession. It also establishes demonstration programs that address the current state ... Read More »

NASW Health Care Reform Roundup – Feb 5th, 2010

With the election of Senator Scott Brown (R-MA), there were concerns that health care reform would take a back seat to other congressional priorities such as jobs and the economy. Congressional leaders are still committed to passing health care reform legislation this year.  Congress believes that the status quo of health care is no longer acceptable and the impact of ... Read More »

Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Back on the Table?

In November, groups hoping for the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy were disappointed when the Senate Armed Services indefinitely postponed a long awaited hearing on the matter. However, the issue was moved to the forefront during the State of the Union speech, when President Obama uttered the words, “This year, I will work with Congress and our ... Read More »

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: Peace Advocate

In October, Representative Barbara Lee (CA-9) introduced H.R. 3699, a bill to prohibit any funds being expended to increase the number of members of the United States armed forces serving in Afghanistan. The bill currently has 27 cosponsors and has been referred to the House Committee on Armed Forces. Rep. Lee, a social worker, was the only opponent to George ... Read More »

NASW Health Care Reform Roundup – January 21, 2010

Democrats Regroup on Strategy for Health Care Reform Democratic congressional leaders are currently developing a new strategy to pass health care reform after the stunning loss of a Senate seat in Massachusetts. Although their new strategy will be finalized after some days have elapsed and is not yet final, several conclusions are apparent from their public comments. First, Democrats fear ... Read More »

News from the Hill – January 2010

Social Work Reinvestment The Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act continues to be a major focus of NASW. The bill currently has 80 House cosponsors and 11 Senate cosponsors and we need your help to secure more! Contact your Senators and Representative today in support of this important bill. NASW is working with the ... Read More »

NASW Health Care Reform Roundup – December 23, 2009

In an effort to keep you informed of the work NASW is doing on health care reform, we will periodically send out a roundup of activities. NASW offices are closed December 24 – January 1. While we will be monitoring the developments of health care reform, the next Health Care Reform Roundup will be distributed the week of January 4. ... Read More »