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Weekly ‘On the Hill’ Update

ON THE HILL…The House was in recess this week.

Senate appropriators on Thursday advanced a fiscal 2013 spending bill for labor, health and education programs, after turning back Republican efforts to restrict the National Labor Relations Board’s authority and to curb funding for a provision of the 2010 health care overhaul law. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the draft measure along party lines, 16-14. The legislation would provide nearly $753.4 billion in total budget authority, including $158.8 billion in discretionary funding — $2 billion more than fiscal 2012 levels and roughly equal to the president’s request.  The Committee has not posted the full text of the legislation so funding levels for key programs is not yet available. We will make that information available when we get it.  It is not expected that this bill will be considered by the full Senate before the election, but rather that funding for programs under its jurisdiction will continue to be funded at 2012 levels until sometime after election or even into the new year.

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Fair Labor Standards for Home Care Workers

One U.S. industry imperceptibly affected by the economic decline of the past several years has been the home health care industry. In fact, after having added nearly half a million new jobs from 2006 to 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the healthcare support occupations group to be the fastest growing occupational group over the next decade, rising by 35 percent and generating 1.4 million additional jobs.

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