By a vote of 223-202, the House passed financial reform legislation, which would create a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency responsible for a broad range of oversight, including enforcement of the Credit CARD Act of 2009.
Detainees at Bagram Theater Internment Facility in Kabul will be able to appeal their imprisonment through civilian courts when the prison passes to Afghan oversight at a date to be determined. The Taliban have condemned the plan to hand over the prison to the Afghan government, arguing that treatment of those held there will only get worse.
The Senate confirmed Jeffrey Zients as chief performance officer and deputy director of management at the Office of Management and Budget. In a blog post, OMB Director Peter Orszag said Zients' responsibilities will include "reforming government hiring practices" as well as working on "contracting reform, program evaluation, and e-government."
The tax credit was included in the final version of the stimulus signed by Obama.
A FY 2010 appropriations bill approved by Congress grants the Department of Veterans Affairs $109.6 billion for 2010 veterans projects and $48.2 billion in advance appropriations for medical care programs during FY 2011. The bill will also help increase the number of VA clinics in rural areas to help those who do not have ready access to VA hospitals.
Obama's budget for FY 2011 includes $169 million for the National Health Service Corps to send nearly 400 doctors, nurses and dentists to underserved areas in exchange for paying off part of their student loans.
Obama signed into law the $680 billion defense authorization bill for 2010. The bill provides for 30,000 soldiers a year above the baseline for fiscal 2010 through 2012, as well as an increase of roughly 8,000 Marines in fiscal 2010.
Title II of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act expands income eligibility for the nonelderly and includes a provision for minimum essential coverage. The bill also increases the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage for newly eligible mandatory individuals. It commits to maintaining eligibility standards until state exchanges are up and running, and continue with existing eligibility standards for children until October 2019. But these changes do not take effect until Jan. 1, 2014.
Section 2101 adds federal funding for state CHIP spending, from Oct. 1, 2013, and ends on Sept. 30, 2019.
The Nurse-Family Partnership is a type of home visitation program. Section 2951 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act includes a grant provision for early-childhood home visitation programs that promote improved maternal, prenatal, infant and child health.
Section 399V promotes healthy lifestyles and uses grants and education to support community health workers -- including those working for home visitation services.
Among several non-defense outlays in the FY 2010 Defense appropriations bill signed by Obama is $125 million to extend until February the enhanced SBA loaning authority originally granted through the stimulus bill.