Op-eds and Column
Since its creation in 1935, every American worker has paid, and continues to pay, into the unemployment insurance system. This insurance was designed to keep Americans afloat in the event of a job loss, so they can feed their families and pay the mortgage or rent while job searching. It’s a fundamental benefit that has been extended during every major recession our nation has faced. These extensions, known as the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, are temporary, designed to roll back once the economy recovers and workers find jobs. It’s recognized by economists as one of the most cost effective ways to increase demand and spur job creation in a weak economy, making an immediate impact on the ground in the lives of families and individuals facing hardship.
Just over a year ago, the General Services Administration (GSA) asked for ideas on where to relocate the FBI headquarters, currently housed in downtown D.C. in the outdated Hoover Building.
House Republicans adjourned for a holiday recess last Thursday, bringing to a close one of the least productive sessions of Congress in history.
House Republicans have been using the dedicated civil servants that make up our federal workforce as an ATM in the name of debt reduction for too long.
Last week, the United States and the other member nations of the P5+1 reached an agreement whereby Iran will suspend much of its nuclear program, including diluting its stockpile of enriched uranium, in return for limited and reversible sanctions relief. The strongest components of the sanctions infrastructure – banking, financial, and petroleum measures costing Iran $30 billion in lost revenue – remain in place pending further negotiations.
Many of us will sit down with family and friends this Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving. We have much to be grateful for this year in our region and in our nation. I hope everyone will find the time from their busy schedule to share in the holiday spirit, to give thanks and not forget those less fortunate here at home and around the world.
Amy Bowman’s husband died almost two years ago after a 14 month battle with pancreatic cancer. A single mom with two children to care for, she relied on her husband’s COBRA plan until it ran out, forcing her to try and buy insurance on the open marketplace. After she herself was diagnosed with cancer, the best policy she could find totaled nearly $1,500 per month.
This week, we take a moment to reflect on the brave men and women, our veterans, active duty soldiers and those no longer with us, who have dedicated and risked their lives in military service protecting this country.
Four years ago this week, and over a decade after the brutal hate motivated murders of its namesakes, President Obama signed into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The law expanded hate crimes legislation to include crimes motivated by gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. It was also the first federal action that extended legal protections to transgender people.
Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 2010, under the assumption that government doesn’t work. From day one, they’ve gone about trying to prove it.