More than 3 million people have lost their emergency unemployment benefits since House Republicans allowed the program to expire. Witness Wednesdays is bringing some of those voices to Washington. Will the GOP listen?
Low-income families weren’t the only ones hurt by cuts to food stamps last fall. Top Walmart executives also took a hit. But Walmart’s board rejiggered bonus criteria so executives could reap “performance” payouts, at taxpayer's expense.
Student loan debt is now approaching $2 trillion – talk about a bubble waiting to burst. "It doesn't have to be this way," Sen. Elizabeth Warren says as she introduces the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act.
Call 661-BOEHNER and tell House Speaker John Boehner to stop the excuses and put help for the long-term unemployed up for a vote. And join today's "Twitter storm" at 2 p.m. Eastern to #RenewUI.
The battle over the principles and policies in the Progressive Caucus budget, contrasted against the federal budget proposal by Rep. Paul Ryan, will continue all the way through the November elections.
Campaign for America's Future has set up a special phone number - (513) 285-9008 - that will connect you directly to the Speaker, so you can demand he allow a vote on the Senate bill.
Tell your member of Congress (MOC) to vote for the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) “Better Off Budget’ (BOB). The public needs to know that this progressive approach addresses so many of the country's problems.
This week, the House of Representatives will vote on the Republican-Ryan budget and the Progressive Caucus "Better off Budget." The former is nonsense; the latter common sense. One of them is likely to pass.
Creating jobs is our most immediate priority. We could create 4.6 million right away by passing the Progressive Caucus "Better Off Budget" and another 5.8 million by confronting currency manipulation.
“This budget chooses to protect tax breaks and special interests at the expense of education, kids, the social safety net, and seniors,” said ranking Budget Committee member Chris Van Hollen.
In this video, Rep. Keith Ellison explains how the Progressive Caucus' Better Off Budget will address the economic problems of high school and college graduates. “We can’t let young people believe that nobody cares.”
It’s clear that some lawmakers’ visions are out of step with the priorities of the American public on key issues such as job creation, education, and tax loopholes.
Where the Ryan budget cuts, the Better Off Budget invests. Where the Ryan budget attacks the poor, the Better Off Budget lifts up the poor. Where the Ryan budget kills jobs, the Better Off Budget creates jobs.
The Ryan/Republican budget cuts $5.1 trillion from spending on things that make our lives better, while reducing taxes on the wealthy and corporations. How does this compare to polls of what the public wants?
When Speaker John Boehner really wants to get something done, he gets it done. Accounting gimmicks. Bending House procedural rules. He just did for doctors. What about the jobless?
A message to House Speaker John Boehner: Trying to support yourself and a budding teen-ager on virtually no income in a job market that is openly hostile to older workers? That's unworkable.
At a time when so many Americans are struggling economically, our nation continues to pay a steep price for its global empire – and in more ways than one. Case in point: The delay in a vote on renewing emergency jobless benefits.
High up on the Senate agenda is the bipartisan deal to restart unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed, which had expired in January. But it's nowhere to be found on the House agenda. It's up to us to put it there.
The Progressive Caucus "Better Off Budget" sets the bar higher than any other economic plan when it comes to job creation. But even that budget accepts limits to the economic policy debate that we should push beyond.
Joshua Smith of EPI talks about the Progressive Caucus budget on "The Zero Hour," and explains how the budget is really "a correction" toward the mainstream the right has pulled the nation away from.
President Obama sent Congress a $3.9 trillion dollar budget. Although his 2015 plan has been deemed more politics than policy, it's a blueprint of how to start repairing our economy.
You would think a budget from the largest group of Democrats in the House, that lines up with the American people’s wishes and solves the country’s budget problems, would get some news media coverage.
If this deal passes the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Obama, this will be a big deal for people who have been out of work for more than 26 weeks. But that is a way-too-big "if."
The CPC budget offers Americans a common-sense set of choices on vital priorities. To do so, it has to take on big money and entrenched special interests. Common sense, it turns out, requires courage.
The Caucus' proposal is a loud and audacious rebuke to conservative austerity economics. It will be a sharp contrast to the budget expected to be introduced in April by House Budget Committee Chair Rep. Paul Ryan.
President Obama’s budget wasn’t actually dead on arrival last week. But Republicans knew it would speak to the hopes and dreams of everyday Americans. So they tried choking it.
The Democratic Party, and especially President Obama’s wing of it, must not define the leftmost boundary of political debate. If we are to see a “dream budget,” we need to dream bigger than this.
Yes, conservatives have tried for years to turn "tax and spend" into an epithet. But this strategy would reduce joblessness and inequality while stimulating the economy.
Again and again President Obama has proposed programs to help the economy and create jobs. Again and again these proposals have been obstructed by Republicans in Congress.
President Obama's 2015 Budget picks good fights with the right enemies. It exposes those who oppose it for who they are. But his longer term projections are a slow retreat from where we need to go.
House Speaker John Boehner has announced that Republicans plan to offer another budget proposal from Rep. Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chair, for fiscal 2015. Progressives should relish what's to come.
President Obama's 2015 federal budget comes weeks he after declared inequality “the defining moral challenge of our time.” Early reports about the budget show no signs of such broad moral sweep or scope.
Progressives campaigned aggressively to remove the chained CPI cut of Social Security benefits from this year’s federal budget because they view the document as rhetorical as well as practical.
Great news! The AP just reported that the chained CPI will not be in President Obama’s budget. This is a victory for populists who want politicians to fight for the majority of real Americans facing tough economic realities.
The White House has often been unwilling or unable to explain why additional spending is necessary to heal the economy – especially bad news for Democrats who'll have to face the voters in November.
Sens. Dan Coats and Rob Portman joined a filibuster of emergency jobless benefits because they could not attach a provision that would force recipients for take any job that was offered, no matter how low-paying or demeaning.
By a margin of one vote, a Republican filibuster blocked extension of aid to the long-term unemployed in the middle of the winter. Then the Senate adjourned for another vacation. This is a clear measure of who they are.
Last month, Republicans called offsetting the cost of extended unemployment insurance by extending the sequester a "gimmick." Now Republicans have voted to use that exact same gimmick to pay for something else.