Exploited Guest Workers from Louisiana to March on Wal-Mart Board Members in NYC

By: Monday June 18, 2012 12:22 pm

I wrote last Friday about the forced labor situation perpetrated on guest workers at a seafood supplier for Wal-Mart in Louisiana. Now, the National Guestworker Alliance, the feisty labor rights group which helped a group of exploited foreign exchange students at a Hershey chocolate factory get justice last year, will take these guest workers on [...]

Democrats Bicker on American Jobs Act

By: Thursday September 15, 2011 6:55 am

Weekly unemployment claims spiked up again today, and the NY Fed’s survey of regional manufacturing, a key indicator of the economy, was down sharply relative to expectations. This is a crisis time in the economy, and big solutions are needed to arrest the slide. The American Jobs Act isn’t perfect, but it would improve the [...]

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 [...]

Bernie Sanders’ Long Speech Raises Attention to Tax Cut Deal

By: Friday December 10, 2010 11:16 am

Bernie Sanders has been speaking for almost four hours on the Senate floor, in what some are describing as a filibuster. It’s not a filibuster. Not unless he holds the floor until at least Monday and beyond. There’s a set vote on the tax cut bill on Monday. Nothing else has been scheduled to move [...]

Liveblog: Obama Press Conference

By: Tuesday December 7, 2010 11:16 am

President Obama is holding a press conference in moments, amid signs that his deal with Republicans on the Bush tax cuts is falling apart. Joe Biden visited the Hill to try and save the policy, but Democrats and allies from across the political spectrum are opposed. Mary Landrieu, of all people, called the deal “almost [...]

Lame Duck Update: Pigford/Cobell Settlements, OMB Director Lew Finally Approved

By: Friday November 19, 2010 2:08 pm

An update on the lame duck session, which will pause for the Thanksgiving holiday today, to return November 29: • Moments ago, the Senate finally approved funding for two long-standing settlements: $3.4 billion in the Cobell settlement for Native American trust account holders with the Department of the Interior, and $1.15 billion for black farmers [...]

Administration Announces Offshore Drilling Rules, Stands Strong on Deepwater Moratorium

By: Thursday September 30, 2010 1:52 pm

Robert Gibbs, showing rare outrage at a ConservaDem member of Congress, described himself as sad and disappointed at Mary Landrieu’s hold on Jacob Lew for OMB Director (by the way, if it was so important to them, the White House could have demanded the Senate to take a cloture vote and break the filibuster). Interestingly, [...]

Landrieu Takes Lew Nomination Hostage

By: Wednesday September 29, 2010 8:10 am

So just what the hell is going on with Mary Landrieu (D-offshore drilling rig off Louisiana coast), and her determination to put a hold on the nomination of OMB Director Jacob Lew, at a time when no spending resolutions have passed and the budget for fiscal year 2011 is in peril? It’s simple. She wants [...]

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 [...]

Handful of Senate Democrats Oppose Filibuster Reform

By: Wednesday July 28, 2010 8:35 am

Seemingly a counterpoint to all the momentum in recent days for Senate rules reform, a group of conservative and old-guard Democrats announced their opposition to changing the rules requiring a 60-vote threshold to clear a filibuster. Ten Democrats are cited in the article (though not all of them are named) as either opposed to or [...]

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