What is Respect for the Aged Day?

In Japan, there is cause for celebration due to their national holiday, which is called Respect For The Aged Day! Japan has designated a national holiday simply to honor and show appreciation for the elderly. This holiday is celebrated on the third Monday of every September. It’s a paid holiday from work and traditionally, gifts are given to grandparents … Continue reading

President Pro Tempore De Leon: Announces Committee Chairs for the 2015-16 Regular Session

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) has announced his leadership members and nominees for Senate standing committee chairs, forming a legislative team focused on job creation and long-term economic growth. Designated committee chairs will be formally adopted by the Senate Rules Committee when it convenes on January 7, 2015. … Continue reading

Sacramento Bee: Bills, oaths and receptions mark California Legislature’s first day

BY LAUREL ROSENHALL AND JEREMY B. WHITE Assemblywoman Young Kim, R-Fullerton, is sworn in Monday at the state Capitol. HECTOR AMEZCUA With a room full of freshly sworn-in state legislators looking back at her, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, offered a few hints on Monday of how this incoming legislative class will differ from … Continue reading

NCOA: Congress returns home to campaign

From our colleagues at NCOA:  This month, Congress took a brief respite from the campaign trail to address a few must-pass measures. Among the bills sent to the President is a continuing resolution that funds federal programs from the beginning of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1 through Dec. 11. Before your Representatives return … Continue reading

California Healthline: Lawmaker Calls for ‘Substantive Change in Culture’ at State Health Department

Assembly member Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) yesterday called for increased transparency and accountability in the Department of Health Care Services. He has introduced three bills designed to open up dialogue between DHCS and stakeholders. DHCS officials have voiced opposition to those efforts, and took the unusual step last month to write an official letter of opposition to one … Continue reading

NY Times: Burwell Wins Confirmation as Secretary of Health

Sylvia Mathews Burwell testified before the Senate in May. Credit Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times

By ROBERT PEAR    Sylvia Mathews Burwell testified before the Senate in May. CreditGabriella Demczuk/The New York Times WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday confirmed the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be secretary of health and human services, which will make her responsible for delivering health insurance to more than one-third of all Americans. Ms. Burwell was confirmed … Continue reading

CBP: Requirements for Approving Key Legislative Actions in California

The Hill: Democrats unload on ‘reckless’ budget

By Mike Lillis  House Democratic leaders wasted little time Tuesday hammering Rep. Paul Ryan’s 2015 budget proposal, framing it as a “reckless” and “unrealistic” document designed only to score political points with the Republican base. [READ RYAN’S BUDGET PROPOSAL.] The plan from Ryan (R-Wis.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee, aims to eliminate deficit spending over … Continue reading

California Healthline: ACA To Be Key Issue Ahead of 2014 Midterm Elections

On Tuesday, the Republican National Committee launched a multistate radio advertising campaign that takes aim at 12 Democratic senators and House representatives who support the Affordable Care Act and are up for re-election this November, Yahoo! News reports. The ad campaign aims to reignite the controversy surrounding the insurance policy cancellation issue last fall that affected millions of U.S. residents. … Continue reading

The Hill: Dems threaten budget deal

Lauren Schneiderman By Vicki Needham, Mike Lillis and Bernie Becker – 12/11/13 05:15 PM EST The budget deal worked out by House and Senate negotiators is on the verge of unraveling over the exclusion of federal unemployment benefits, several leading Democrats warned Wednesday. The lawmakers are outraged by a GOP move to add the Medicare “doc fix” to … Continue reading

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