Cold-Blooded Deficit Debate Leaves Out People

By: Friday March 18, 2011 7:25 am

The debate over the budget in Washington has been all inward-looking. Republicans talk about Democrats having to face realities on spending, Democrats talk about Republicans having to split with their Tea Party faction. Nobody talks about the actual people who would be affected by federal budget cuts. The woman who just qualifies for food stamps [...]

Kent Conrad Will Retire From the Senate

By: Tuesday January 18, 2011 7:40 am

Kent Conrad, the long-serving North Dakota Senator and chair of the Senate Budget Committee, plans to announce his retirement today, according to Chris Cillizza. North Dakota Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad plans to announce his retirement today, according to two informed Democratic sources, creating a potentially prime pickup opportunity for Republicans in a GOP-leaning state. Conrad, [...]

DeMint’s Opposition to Tax Deal Throws Plan Into Chaos

By: Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:37 am

Jim DeMint told Hugh Hewitt last night that he would vote against the tax deal negotiated between President Obama and Republicans. He wants the unemployment insurance extension fully paid for (that’s $56 billion of a $900 billion dollar package) and he’s mad that this “raises” the estate tax (to the lowest level in history; it [...]

Chief Actuary of Social Security: Republican Plan Would Slash Benefits

By: Thursday October 21, 2010 9:47 am

Speaker Pelosi pointed to three studies showing that the plan for Social Security preferred by Republicans – both privatization and progressive price indexing, a feature that the deficit commission has reportedly toyed with – would slash benefits for middle-income retirees. The Joint Economic Committee, chaired by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), took on both privatization and [...]

House to Vote on $250 One-Time Senior Benefit

By: Friday October 15, 2010 6:52 am

For the second year in a row, there will be no COLA increase for Social Security recipients in 2011. This effects over 58 million retired and disabled Americans, and you would think that such information coming out so close to an election would be difficult news for the party in power. However, House Democrats are [...]

Democrats Using Health Care Law in Sections in Their Campaigns

By: Wednesday October 6, 2010 11:42 am

It’s worth noting this new poll, showing that the majority of voters would back a candidate who supported the Affordable Care Act: Fifty-four percent of voters say they would be more likely to back a candidate who supported health care reform, according to the poll. That number includes 51 percent of independents and 79 percent [...]

Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs to Cat Food Commission: No Social Security Cuts

By: Thursday August 12, 2010 2:03 pm

This August has become the season of Congressional letters, whether to the President on Elizabeth Warren, or to the Speaker on the use of food stamp cuts as offsets to future bills. Today, we have another installment. Raul Grijalva and Lynn Woolsey, the co-chairs of the Progressive Caucus, have sent a letter directly to Erskine [...]

Pomeroy: Social Security Benefit Cuts “Completely Unacceptable”

By: Wednesday August 11, 2010 1:25 pm

Earl Pomeroy (D-ND), the chair of the Social Security Subcommittee on the House Ways and Means Committee, said that any benefit cuts to the program, including raising the retirement age, are “completely unacceptable” and should be taken off the table, contrasting many Democrats and even the House Majority Leader on the topic. While Pomeroy followed [...]

Democrats Defend Social Security on Multiple Fronts

By: Wednesday August 4, 2010 7:10 am

Next week marks the 75th anniversary of Social Security, and in the official House Democratic talking points set next week as a time to discuss the program. But already, House members are defending Social Security, resisting efforts to cut it, and even working to strengthen it over the short and long term. Gabrielle Giffords, a [...]

Pomeroy Targets Cat Food Commission with Hearing on Social Security

By: Friday July 9, 2010 12:22 pm

The LA Times reported today that liberal members of Congress on Capitol Hill are personally unhappy with President Obama. Mostly the story included gripes and personal slights and a general tenor that they have been asked to bend and bend and bend, with their counterparts in the Blue Dog caucus getting every concession for which [...]

Trumka, White House, House Dems Decry Deficit Mania

By: Wednesday June 30, 2010 7:02 am

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will address a rare public meeting of the Bowles-Simpson fiscal commission today and tell them that the best deficit reduction strategy at this time of mass unemployment would be job growth. Over 15 million Americans are out of work, and therefore the huge opportunity loss of economic and tax revenue creates [...]

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