PIMCO’s Bill Gross: Stimulus Now

By: Tuesday June 21, 2011 10:13 am

We’ve had such a failure of elites in this country that it takes PIMCO founder Bill Gross – one of the living embodiments of the bond market – to tell Congress and the White House to stop fearing the bond markets already and start giving the economy the stimulus it needs. “Solutions from policymakers on [...]

10 Votes Likely Threshold for Catfood Commission Report UPDATE: 11-7

By: Friday December 3, 2010 7:23 am

The Catfood Commission will hold its final vote today on basically what Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson put together a couple weeks ago, and they’re going to get 10 votes for it. Andy Stern, who introduced his own plan, became the deciding vote against the report, which needed 14 votes to become official, saying it [...]

Andy Stern Proposes Partial Investment of Social Security Trust Fund in Stock Market

By: Thursday July 1, 2010 6:58 am

Ryan Grim has a story about Andy Stern, one of the members of the fiscal commission, trying to broker a deal on Social Security. There are probably close to 14 votes, needed for the recommendations to pass out of the commission, for benefit cuts, so I’m assuming Stern is bargaining with the commission to hold [...]

Cat Food Commission Will Be Carried Out Partially In Secret

By: Tuesday May 4, 2010 10:26 am

The Simpson-Bowles Fiscal Commission will hold their first working group meeting tomorrow. They plan once-a-week meetings on discretionary spending, mandatory spending and tax policy, and then a larger, once-a-month meeting to go over the reports of the working groups. But although the White House promised transparency and full public hearings for all fiscal commission activities, [...]

SEIU’s Andy Stern Stepping Down

By: Tuesday April 13, 2010 6:15 am

Ben Smith was the first to report yesterday that Andy Stern, the President of the SEIU, would resign his post, based on an email he obtained from a Seattle local. So far, the union is officially not confirming what they call “rumors,” saying that Stern himself will address them this week at the union’s executive [...]

Stern, Rivlin, Fudge, Cote Named By President To Deficit Commission

By: Friday February 26, 2010 9:55 am

SEIU Chairman Andy Stern is the most prominent name on a list of appointees to the President’s deficit commission led by Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson. Stern joins the panel along with Dan Cote, the CEO of Honeywell; Ann Fudge, the former CEO of Young and Rubicam; and Alice Rivlin, a past vice chairman of [...]

SEIU’s Stern: Pass The Bill Out Of Senate, Fix It In Conference

By: Thursday December 17, 2009 11:37 am

The Hill had a story today about how some liberals and labor groups were easing their threat to “kill the bill.” That is perhaps best exemplified by Andy Stern, who followed up his open letter to members with a conference call just now. In it, he sharply criticized several aspects of the Senate health care [...]

SEIU Lays Down A Marker – Fight For This Bill And Make It Better

By: Thursday December 17, 2009 6:30 am

Andy Stern, the President of the SEIU, published a letter to his membership on the union’s website today, saying that they cannot accept the Senate health care bill without fighting to improve it. In the letter, Stern cites Joe Lieberman (not by name) as the one Senator saying “no we can’t” to an up or [...]

Are Unions Letting Go Of The Public Option?

By: Friday December 4, 2009 2:41 pm

Labor unions have been crucial to advocating for health care reform across the country, including progressive provisions like the public option. But at the end of the debate, there are unconfirmed but potentially troubling signs that they may be more concerned with protecting their own health benefits and eliminating the excise tax on high-end insurance [...]

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