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‘POLICY AND POLITICAL SCHIZOPHRENIA ON STEROIDS’: Critics Quickly Blast Paul Ryan’s Big Plan To Defeat Poverty

July 25, 2014

Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) unveiled his plan to defeat poverty on Thursday but many left-leaning advocates told Business Insider they were unimpressed with the measures, which they said would actually result in support being cut from needy families. Ryan’s plan is broadly based on refocusing the distribution of social services funds from the federal level to the states. The plan would also impose work or job training requirements on aid recipients and, in the name of competition, req… Continue Reading

‘POLICY AND POLITICAL SCHIZOPHRENIA ON STEROIDS’: Critics Quickly Blast Paul Ryan’s Big Plan To Defeat Poverty

July 25, 2014

Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) unveiled his plan to defeat poverty on Thursday but many left-leaning advocates told Business Insider they were unimpressed with the measures, which they said would actually result in support being cut from needy families. Ryan’s plan is broadly based on refocusing the distribution of social services funds from the federal level to the states. The plan would also impose work or job training requirements on aid recipients and, in the name of competition, req… Continue Reading

House Dems dismiss Ryan's anti-poverty plan

July 24, 2014

House Democrats on Thursday dismissed Rep. Paul Ryan’s new anti-poverty push as nothing more than a “gussied up” version of the GOP budget wonk’s previous proposals. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, told reporters Thursday that Ryan’s new rhetoric didn’t match the string of GOP budgets he authored, which sharply sliced federal spending. “We have a case of total cognitive dissonance between the proposals today and the House Republican budget,” Van … Continue Reading

U.S. Republican Paul Ryan wants choice in delivering aid to poor

July 24, 2014

Aiming to shake up the debate over fighting poverty, Republican Representative Paul Ryan on Thursday called for charities, community groups and even for-profit firms to compete with government in spending taxpayer money to aid the poor. Presenting his plan for a sweeping revamp of social safety net programs, Ryan said he wanted to give families more choice in how they receive taxpayer-funded assistance. He proposed replacing some 11 programs ranging from food stamps to housing vouchers with "… Continue Reading

Forward Together - No More Shadows Or Shame

July 23, 2014

When I entered Congress in 1998, the AIDS epidemic was already devastating communities around the U.S. and the world. An HIV diagnosis was an eventual death sentence. For millions of people living with the disease, the HIV-positive status was a shameful secret. The secret prevented treatment expansion and contributed to the epidemics growing numbers. Thankfully, we’ve made incredible progress since that time. People are living a better quality of life, regardless of their status. Ne… Continue Reading

Will Congressman Ryan's Anti-Poverty Plan Heed the Advice of the Experts and Break With the GOP Budget?

July 23, 2014

Tomorrow, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan will present his proposal to address poverty in the United States. We welcome any ideas that lift more Americans out of poverty and create pathways into the middle class, but we will oppose any plan that uses the sunny language of "reform" as a guise to cut vital safety-net programs. The Ryan plan should be judged against what we learned from the experts who testified at our five Budget Committee hearings on this issue, and by how it aligns … Continue Reading

Takano introduces Social Security fix for gay couples

July 22, 2014

A gay California Democrat introduced in the U.S. House on Wednesday legislation that would ensure married gay couples would be able to receive Social Security benefits wherever they live in the United States. Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif) introduced the Social Security & Medicare Parity Act in the aftermath of a determination from the Obama administration that the current statutory scheme precludes the full flow of these benefits to same-sex couples across the country. Last month, the U.S. … Continue Reading

Pot Politics: Did 500 Stoners Swing Betty Yee's Race for Controller?

July 22, 2014

This week, former California Assembly leader John Perez conceded the race for State Controller to Board of Equalization member Betty Yee. Democrat Perez had called for a recount after losing the second place spot to Democrat Yee by just five hundred votes in the primary. Now, any number of factors could have made the difference in such a tight race. But it bears mentioning that among the factors that clinched the race for Yee was her progressive leadership on the issue of medical cannabis.Cal… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Announces $900K STEM Grant

July 21, 2014

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) announced Alameda-based Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS) will receive a $899,841grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to increase enrollment and retention of women in community college STEM courses. “I am pleased that the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science has been selected to receive this important and competitive funding,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “It is our obligation to ensure that young wom… Continue Reading

Alameda Non-Profit Gets $900K Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Grant For Women

July 19, 2014

ALAMEDA (CBS SF) — Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, announced Thursday a federal grant of nearly $900,000 for an Alameda-based organization that helps to close the gender gap for women and girls in male-dominated careers. The Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS) will receive the $899,841 grant from the National Science Foundation to help increase enrollment and retention of women in community college science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses. IWITTS provi… Continue Reading

Liberal Democrats push Gaza cease-fire, new peace talks

July 17, 2014

A handful of liberal Democrats are urging President Barack Obama to “redouble” diplomatic efforts to achieve a cease-fire in Gaza even as the administration and the rest of Congress side squarely with Israel. In a letter sent Thursday to the president and Secretary of State John Kerry and obtained by Al-Monitor, a half-dozen lawmakers call for an end to the “cycle of violence” in the region. The latest flare-up, they write, is further proof that a final status agreement is “urgent and necessa… Continue Reading

Norquist Endorses Pentagon Cuts to Force Audit

July 16, 2014

Veteran conservative arm-twister Grover Norquist joined Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and Michael Burgess, R-Texas, on Thursday to announce a new push to audit the Pentagon. “This is an exciting project, because it’s so obvious,” said Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, at a morning press conference. “This is going to change how the world works.” Norquist and the congressmen called on House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to expedite a bill filed Thursday by Lee and Burgess that … Continue Reading

House Gives Thumbs-Up to Marijuana Banking

July 16, 2014

The House of Representatives gave a thumbs-up Wednesday to allowing the marijuana industry into the banking system. The legislation, which passed by a 231-192 margin, would prohibit the use of federal funds to penalize banks and credit unions for providing financial services to state-licensed pot businesses. It is unclear if the measure will make a difference for banks and credit unions that are weighing the risks involved with serving the pot business. Marijuana remains illegal under fede… Continue Reading

Tech group bemoans ‘diversity challenge’

July 16, 2014

The head of a major technology industry group is promising to tackle the lack of women and minority employees at major tech firms. In an op-ed in USA Today on Wednesday, Information Technology Industry Council chief executive Dean Garfield said Silicon Valley needs the help of everyone from “parents to policymakers” to root out the sector’s “diversity problem.” At the top of the agenda, he wrote, is making sure more students of all types get interested in math, engineering, science and te… Continue Reading

Advocates for the Unemployed Seek to Keep the Heat on Republicans

July 14, 2014

WASHINGTON --- It was another week of unrelenting sun and intense humidity in Washington, D.C. Commuters baked, pedestrians dragged along hot sidewalks, and dry cleaners counted the receipts and made plans for a January vacation in Hawaii. On Capitol Hill, Democratic politicians and activists aimed to address the lot of American workers in the sputtering economy. Their scope was national but local struggles rose to become part of the discussion. One topic was wages, as many sought to… Continue Reading

Audit the Pentagon Now, Congressmen Say

July 14, 2014

Move over, “Audit the Fed!” An anti-war California liberal and a Texas conservative who once spoke approvingly about impeaching President Barack Obama are demanding an immediate audit of the Pentagon. The bipartisan team is introducing legislation Thursday that would reduce funds to spending areas the Department of Defense says are unauditable. Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and Michael Burgess, R-Texas, will announce the "Audit the Pentagon Act of 2014" alongside Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-I… Continue Reading

Listening to the Most Important Voices

July 09, 2014

Over the last year, I have urged my Republican colleagues to include the most important voices in the debate on poverty: the Americans that live the harsh realities of poverty, day in and day out. Despite several hearings and a hyperpartisan report to mark the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty, the Republican-controlled Budget Committee has yet to hear from a single person actually experiencing poverty. We have not heard from one working mother living paycheck to payc… Continue Reading

HOUSE MEMBERS DEMAND THE TRUTH ON TRADE DATA

July 09, 2014

Four Members of Congress today demanded the United States Trade Representative stop trying to snow the American people and Congress with skewed statistics as he attempts to rationalize a new job-killing international trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). "They're cooking the books to justify this race to the bottom," Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) said at a news conference, joined by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Paul Tonko (D-NY). Congressional staffers holdin… Continue Reading

Dems hope stories of unemployed spur action in House

July 08, 2014

House Democrats shared stories of unemployed constituents Wednesday afternoon to spur Speaker John A. Boehner to hold a vote to renew the benefits. Six members spoke at the weekly “Witness Wednesday” event organized by the Center for Effective Government to tell the real stories of the 3.3 million Americans struggling without long-term unemployment benefits, which expired in December. Rep. Judy Chu, California Democrat, told the story of a single mother of three who is preparing to sell he… Continue Reading

Democrats chide Google, Facebook for ‘troubling’ lack of diversity

July 08, 2014

Major tech companies like Facebook, Yahoo and Google aren’t doing enough to add more women and minority workers to their rolls, three Northern California Democrats charged on Tuesday. “It is painfully clear the sector faces a persistent and troubling deficit when it comes to women, African-Americans and Latinos,” Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) claimed in an op-ed in the San Jose Mercury News. “Diversifying the tech workforce will not only boo… Continue Reading

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