Democratic Senator: Republican Obstruction Responsible For 27 Direct Layoffs

The Republican accomplishment last week to block extension of a variety of recession-related benefits will cause at least 27 Americans to lose their jobs, according to the chairwoman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. The Senate GOP is supporting the effort of Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) to block … Continue reading

Unemployment Benefits For Millions of Americans To Expire, ‘But The Need To Buy Groceries Doesn’t’

Millions of out-of-work Americans are poised to lose critical benefits due to the opposition of one Republican senator who would only agree to an extension of those benefits if they come out of federal economic stimulus dollars, according to the Senate’s top Democrat. The Senate adjourned for the week with … Continue reading

In The ‘Back Seat’ No More: New Legislation Would Protect Workers, Retirees When Their Employers Go Bankrupt

Democrats in both the House and Senate introduced legislation Wednesday designed to protect the earnings and retirement savings of workers and retirees when businesses collapse. The Protecting Employees and Retirees in Business Bankruptcies Act would make several changes to Chapter 11 bankruptcy law, putting workers interests near the top when … Continue reading

Antitrust Tsunami: Even Howls From Powerful Insurance Lobby Can’t Save Exemption

Turning their backs to the howls of protest from the powerful health insurance lobby, more than 400 Democrats and Republicans voted to do away with the antitrust exemption the insurance industry has enjoyed for 65 years. In an almost-unheard-of bipartisan move on the issue of healthcare, House members overwhelmingly voted, … Continue reading

Toyota Acceleration Recall Prompts Consumer Group To Offer Suggestions For Powerful House Committee Chairman Eager To Legislate

Sitting down to hear Rhonda Smith tell of the unintended acceleration of her Toyota-made Lexus vehicle that left her car out of control and certain she would die, the powerful chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee made clear that new legislation will be required. Meanwhile, one of the … Continue reading

No Longer Relying On All Or Nothing: Lawmakers Carve Out Specific Health Reforms Aimed At Curbing The Worst Abuses

Democrats are expressing support for President Obama’s new proposal to jumpstart healthcare reform ahead of this week’s White House meeting with the GOP, but some prominent lawmakers appear to no longer be betting all their hopes that comprehensive legislation will be enacted. They are either talking up specific provisions of … Continue reading

Lawmakers Will Join Labor Leaders To Rally in Washington For Full TSA Union Representation

Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) plan to rally with organized labor in Washington to call on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to grant full collective bargaining rights to more than 50,000 workers at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Airport security personnel — known as transportation security … Continue reading

Senate Democrats: GOP Has ‘No Excuse’ To Block Senator Reid’s Jobs Bill

Senate Republicans have “no excuse” to block a jobs bill set to come up for a procedural vote Monday because they have supported its key provisions in the past, Democrats say in a statement. Senate Democrats will seek to overcome a filibuster to move ahead with a $15 billion piece … Continue reading

Trying To Have It Both Ways? Republican Senator Cornyn Complains About Deficit Spending But Wants More Corporate Tax Subsidies

Republican Sen. John Cornyn simultaneously is excoriating Democrats over the rising federal budget deficit, but also is attacking the Obama administration for a proposal to cut tax subsidies to big oil and natural gas companies. Cornyn, a Texas lawmaker and a member of the Senate Finance and Budget committees, criticizes … Continue reading