Economy & Budget

Empowering small businesses means getting government out of the way (Rep. Harold Rogers)

Small business is the backbone of our economy.  They create new jobs, employ half of the private sector workforce, and represent 99.9% of the businesses in this country.  In recent years, small businesses have created 7 out of every 10 private sector jobs.  In tough economic times, the government should do everything in its power to help small businesses, not burden them with new regulations and higher taxes.   In order to jumpstart this economy, we must empower small businesses and give them the resources they need to create jobs and help put America back to work again.


No fluke: Republicans support off-shoring jobs

Like the clear results on a pH test strip, the vote in the U.S. Senate this week on the Creating American Jobs and Ending Off-Shoring Act showed Republicans’ true color: Red. Red for China. 

Or Mexico. Or Indonesia. Or anywhere multi-national corporations get tax breaks for exporting American jobs. In this test of loyalty, every Republican in the Senate voted for corporate greed over American workers.  


Gender pay and leadership gaps are real — and impact our economy

Generations have passed since America’s first women’s summit produced the Declaration of Sentiments at Seneca Falls, New York. This document listed an array of “injuries and usurpations” directed towards women, chiefly: “He has monopolized nearly all the profitable employments, and from those she is permitted to follow, she receives but a scanty remuneration.”


Eliminating bad tax expenditures is key to financial sustainability (Rep. Mike Quigley)

It’s no secret that the United States faces a budget crisis.

In Washington we have frozen aspects of domestic spending, while a bipartisan commission examines our deficits.  Meanwhile, across the country campaign rhetoric has been ratcheted up, as the calls echo from across the political spectrum to reconcile our spending with our finite resources.


Fiscal year ends in fiscal failure (Rep. Paul Ryan)

The fiscal year will end much as it began, with Congress exacerbating our unsustainable budget trajectory.  Consumed with their reckless borrowing and spending spree, House Democrats called it quits after failing to send any of the annual Appropriations bills to the President’s desk and failing to even propose a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.  Operating with no budget to prioritize taxpayer dollars, Congress agreed to a $1.1 trillion Continuing Resolution to keep the government from shutting down.


The populist case for pension reform

The public employee pension crisis is shifting political fault lines across the country. Elected officials are wrestling with a problem that threatens the ability of states and localities to provide essential services. The reality that pension payouts may impair public finances is as chilling to Democrats as it is to Republicans and has created momentum for desperately needed reform.


Americans want us to focus on jobs (Sen. Mitch McConnell)

For the past year and a half, Americans have witnessed something truly remarkable here in Washington. They’ve watched a governing party that was more or less completely uninterested in what the governed had to say about the direction of our country.


Gender pay gap is a myth

Women face an eight percent unemployment rate, compared with 9.8 percent for men. They earn 58 percent of BA and MA degrees and are riding out the recession more easily. So what better time for Congress to help men displaced from construction and manufacturing?


Manufacturing is at heart of American economy and character (Rep. Steny Hoyer)

At his town hall meeting last week, the most painful question put to President Obama was also one of the simplest: “Is the American Dream dead?”

Indeed, far too many Americans are worried that their children will inherit a diminished chance at success — that it is getting harder and harder to make it in America. And at a time when millions of Americans are out of work, it can be easy to feel that way.