Mark Begich’s Plan to Stop the Effects of Inequality on Social Security Finances

By: Friday November 16, 2012 10:52 am

I will be on Mark Thompson’s Make It Plain show on Sirius/XM – I’m actually on every Friday – and we tape early, so I can tell you that one of the things I’ll talk about is how Social Security’s long-term funding is an artifact of rampant US inequality. See, we have a payroll tax [...]

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Social Security Benefit Cuts “Off the Table”

By: Friday June 17, 2011 12:22 pm

MINNEAPOLIS – Liberals and retirement security advocates were alarmed to read a story today that the AARP has dropped its objection to Social Security benefit cuts. They have since tried to clarify the issue by saying their position hadn’t changed, but the clarification was not in a reassuring way: they basically said they always allowed [...]

Obama Opens Part of National Petroleum Reserve In Alaska to Leases for Drilling

By: Saturday May 14, 2011 9:35 am

President Obama announced in his weekly address a plan to open part of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska to oil drilling. Through an executive order, the President would also extend leases in the Gulf of Mexico for oil concerns that were subject to the moratorium on deepwater drilling after the BP oil disaster, as [...]

Landrieu, Begich Defend Big Oil Subsidies

By: Thursday May 12, 2011 6:19 am

Tax subsidies for Big Oil are giveaways to companies that make huge profits. The amount of subsidies that Democrats want to claw back over ten years represent 60% of what Big Oil made last quarter. Oil is traded on a global market, and the Congressional Research Service confirmed that eliminating the subsidies would have virtually [...]

Clean Energy Standard Would Redefine Renewable Energy to Include Nuclear, Clean Coal

By: Tuesday December 14, 2010 7:32 am

You know that energy policy is not going to be as friendly to environmental interests in the new Congress when the Democrat being tapped to lead a coalition is from Alaska. Is a 2011 Senate coalition on energy starting to take shape? Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) said he called Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) late last [...]

No Energy Bill Until September

By: Tuesday August 3, 2010 12:45 pm

Harry Reid announced that there would be no vote on an energy bill until after the August recess, after a meeting with his caucus. He said that he has no Republican support for the measure, despite the fact that most of the bill was put forward in a bipartisan way, and that a vote on [...]

Labor, Progressive Leaders Biting Bullet on Food Stamp Cut-for-State Fiscal Aid

By: Friday July 30, 2010 1:54 pm

On a conference call with reporters, top labor officials and the head of a progressive coalition for education funding acknowledged that they would accept an offset to the education and Medicaid funding bill for budget-constrained states that would reduce expenditures on the federal food stamp program by $6.7 billion dollars starting in 2015. But they [...]

Democrats Poised for Comprehensive Climate and Energy Approach

By: Monday June 28, 2010 11:51 am

The postponed White House/Senate meeting on climate and energy legislation will happen tomorrow, featuring members of both parties: THE INVITE LIST – Add Byron Dorgan to the list. Previously reported invitees: Sherrod Brown, Olympia Snowe, Jay Rockefeller, Tom Carper, Maria Cantwell, George Voinovich, Harry Reid, John Kerry, Joe Lieberman, Lindsey Graham, Richard Lugar, Barbara Boxer, [...]

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