The Budget agreement that was announced on Tuesday 10 December was the subject of a House Floor vote today. At 6:26pm Eastern Standard Time, the House adopted the proposed continuing resolution H.J.Res. 59 by a vote of 332-94. On conclusion of today’s business the House adjourned to reconvene on Monday the 16th of December.
Senate action is not yet scheduled but may be anticipated before the end of session adjournment.
Update 13 December: Washington Post is reporting that the Senate will begin debate on Tuesday 17 December with a vote to be scheduled later in the week. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/12/13/budget-agreement-poised-to-advance-in-the-senate/?wpisrc=nl_pmpol
and the London Daily Mail reports http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2523120/ZERO-Senate-Republicans-support-budget-agreement-Democrats-five.html
With thanks to Sharon Sergeant, the following Reuters Article sheds an interesting light on the role the Death Master File may have played in the Budget Agreement:
“Death Master File reform breathes life into U.S. budget deal”
The proponents of DMF closure are citing numbers that I can’t recognize in asserting how much revenue will be “raised” by the closure. My impression is that the numbers cited in the Reuters article (quoting unnamed Congressional staffers) are only achievable if the closing of access to SSNs of the deceased somehow intercepts fraudulent use of the SSNs of the living.
Additionally, Barbara Matthews provided the following links to the APG Members List:
(1) Judy Russell at http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog/2013/12/12/vote-looms-on-ssdi-closure/and
(2) the Massachusetts Genealogical Council at http://www.massgencouncil.org/index.php?option=com_easyblog&view=entry&id=64&Itemid=127
RPAC had also addressed the issue of Tax Fraud and Tax ID Theft before the Senate Finance Committee last Spring:
Much more to come.