Liability Release Not the Only Stumbling Block in Foreclosure Fraud Settlement

By: Monday January 30, 2012 9:35 am

Matt Taibbi starts off positively exultant when talking about developments in the foreclosure fraud settlement, particularly on the narrow release of liability, but I’m interested in what happens after he gets his head out of the clouds: Let me clarify something, for readers who might mistake my meaning here. Robosigning is not a small offense. [...]

White House Fails to Persuade Democrats on Libya

By: Friday June 24, 2011 8:15 am

Democrats heard a pitch from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday on supporting the Libya operation. They were not enthused. Even the argument that Republicans wouldn’t challenge a president of their own party the same way didn’t carry much sway. “The president has not developed strong relationships with members of Congress that would allow members [...]

House Votes to End HAMP, Pelosi Confidant George Miller Joins Them

By: Wednesday March 30, 2011 6:10 am

The news that the House of Representatives voted to end HAMP, the failed mortgage modification program of the Obama Administration, is not particularly noteworthy. The budget savings are miniscule – $1.4 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office, because so little of the money allocated to HAMP is projected to be spent in the future. [...]

9-11 Health Bill the Only Worker Safety Measure Passed in Lame Duck Session

By: Monday December 27, 2010 11:08 am

Everyone’s patting either themselves or Jon Stewart on the back for the passage of a 9-11 health care and victim’s compensation fund late in the lame duck session. And looking at the particulars, the bill is worth supporting. Despite a few scattered claims about the distributive justice aspects of the bill, it basically says that [...]

Dem Leaders Jockey for Power Amidst Bickering

By: Wednesday November 10, 2010 9:44 am

George Miller, who’s probably the member of Congress best equipped to speak for Nancy Pelosi at this point, wants to see Steny Hoyer and Jim Clyburn in the leadership come next year. These are two very talented, very competent — I love them both in leadership,” Miller said. “They’re working it themselves. They have decisions [...]

House Democrats Want No More Food Stamp Cuts in Child Nutrition Bill

By: Wednesday August 11, 2010 6:15 am

House progressives, angered by the continued chipping away of the federal food stamp program as a pay-for in various bills, are taking a stand with the child nutrition bill, which the Senate passed before leaving for their August recess. That bill paid for increases to the federal school lunch program with food stamp cuts, essentially [...]

Student Loan Bill Inserted To Satisfy Reconciliation Requirements?

By: Friday March 12, 2010 7:49 am

I think a lot of us were a bit surprised at the speed with which Democratic leaders appeared to add the student loan bill into the reconciliation sidecar of fixes for the health care bill. The deal isn’t done, but the NYT reports that there’s a “tentative agreement” along those lines. George Miller claimed yesterday [...]

The House’s Local Jobs Bill – Actually a Jobs Bill!

By: Thursday March 11, 2010 2:36 pm

Obviously it hasn’t run through the legislative wringer yet, but the Local Jobs For America Act proposed by House Education and Labor Secretary George Miller looks like an exceedingly good piece of policy. It would provides through the community development block grant program $100 billion dollars to create local jobs through state and municipal budgets. [...]

Ed. Sec. Duncan: “Bankers have gotten a free ride”

By: Friday February 26, 2010 12:39 pm

Education Secretary Arne Duncan stepped up the campaign today to end the privatization of the student loan market and save the federal government $87 billion dollars that can be plowed into Pell Grants to make higher education affordable to students. Duncan frames the situation well. For too long, bankers have gotten a free ride from [...]

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