Whip's Report E-Newsletter ● Health Care
For Immediate Release: 
September 21, 2007
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This week, Democrats responded to the subprime mortgage crisis by passing the Expanding American Home Ownership Act.  By revitalizing the Federal Housing Administration, Democrats are working to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to own their own home without turning to risky and predatory loans.  Through this legislation, the FHA will be able to serve more subprime borrowers at affordable rates and offer refinancing loan opportunities to borrowers struggling to meet their mortgage payments.
On Wednesday the House passed the Terrorism Risk Insurance Revision and Extension Act (TRIA), a vital bill that provides a backstop for private insurers to keep the American economy stable in the event of a terrorist attack.
The House also passed the FAA Reauthorization Act, modernizing the air traffic control system and strengthening airport infrastructure to reduce delays and improve safety.  This bill also includes a Passenger Bill of Rights that requires airlines and airports to develop plans to take care of passengers during long delays on the tarmac or in flight.
Next week, the House will consider legislation reauthorizing the State Children's Health Insurance Program.  This bill will continue to provide health insurance to children who are already a part of SCHIP, and will extend coverage to millions more who are currently eligible but not enrolled.  Despite the President's veto threat, this fiscally responsible legislation enjoys bipartisan support in the House and Senate, as well as bipartisan support among the nation's governors.
Also on the House agenda next week are a Continuing Resolution for Fiscal Year 2008, a Flood Insurance Bill, and the Popcorn Workers Lung Disease Prevention Act, which will establish new safety standards for employees exposed to a chemical used to produce microwave popcorn.
With kindest regards, I am
Sincerely yours,
Steny H. Hoyer

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