Archive | December, 2011

December 24: News Roundup

Department of Justice blocks South Carolina voter ID law. There’s more at the Washington Post. Speaker Boehner’s hold on leadership slips after failure in the Republican tax increase fight. There’s more at the Los Angeles Times. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) try to downplay rift. There’s more at The Hill. […]

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Payroll Tax Cut Passes

This morning, Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed into law the extension of the payroll tax cut, ensuring millions of Americans won’t see their taxes go up on the first of the year, and unemployment insurance benefits and Medicare payments will continue. Speaking from the White House, President Obama said: “Because of this agreement, […]

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President Obama: “This is Good News”

For weeks, President Barack Obama and Democrats have pressed Congress to come to an agreement to extend the payroll tax cut into 2012. This afternoon, that’s exactly what happened. This afternoon House Republicans agreed to extend the payroll tax cut, extend unemployment benefits, and restore Medicare payments. In a statement, the President praised the good […]

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What $40 Means to Americans Across the Country

When the Senate voted to extend the payroll tax cut over the weekend, the bill got support from 89 Senators. That doesn’t happen all that often — most ideas just aren’t that popular. So why can’t this one get a vote in the House of Representatives? President Barack Obama calls on Republican members of the House of Representatives to […]

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Health Reform: Great News for Seniors

As we near the end of 2011, there’s some great news about how the Affordable Care Act has helped seniors this year. By closing the Medicare “doughnut hole” for prescription drug coverage and offering free preventive care, millions of seniors have seen real savings on their health care. Watch the video above to see all […]

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December 22: News Roundup

A new study reveals that immigrants founded over half of the top U.S. start-up ventures. There’s more at ThinkProgress. Republican tax hike could do lasting damage to GOP. There’s more at the Washington Post. The do-nothing Congress blows out of town. There’s more at the Los Angeles Times. Tea Party Congressmen double-down on tax hike. […]

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Protecting American Families and the Environment from Mercury Pollution

President Barack Obama announced new standards Wednesday that will cut mercury emissions from oil and coal-fired power plants by 90 percent. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized the first-ever national standards to reduce mercury and other toxic air emissions – like arsenic, acid gas, and cyanide – from power plants, which are the largest sources […]

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Editorial Roundup: On the Republican Tax Increase

With Republicans refusing to act, 160 million working Americans will see their taxes go up – $1,000 a year for the average family.  Additionally, 2.5 million Americans will no longer receive their unemployment insurance benefits. President Barack Obama and Democrats believe the only viable option to ensure millions of middle class families aren’t hit with a […]

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Mitt Romney’s Failure to Lead

In interviews this morning, Mitt Romney—who is rumored to be running for president—refused to weigh in on the House GOP’s payroll tax cut debacle, where they voted to raise taxes on 160 million American people five days before Christmas. At an appearance in New Hampshire this morning, Romney went so far as to say he […]

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What Has Congress Been Doing Instead?

Rather than acting to extend President Obama’s middle-class tax cut, House Republicans spent part of this week discussing whether or not to install a bust of Winston Churchill somewhere in the U.S. Capitol building. Which makes one wonder: what else has Congress been spending time doing instead of acting to help middle-class families? Here’s a […]

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