Economy & Budget

Renew trade adjustment assistance

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is a program that helps trade-affected workers transition to new fields through on-the-job training, personalized skill and employment consultation, re-employment and relocation allowances, and health benefits.

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Sen. Wyden’s problem

His past work on tax reform, the relationships he’s forged with Republicans and fellow Democrats, and his deep understanding of the complexity of tax reform are the trifecta necessary to make something happen.

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More needs to be done

With the current inactivity in Washington, DC on both sides of the aisle businesses are at a standstill.

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Don't hamper competition among credit rating agencies

The latest Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) report on CRAs shows significant improvement in compliance, transparency and competition in the industry. This is good news for consumers, investors, and regulators alike.

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'Heat and eat' loophole was a lifeline

The $8.6 billion cut is projected to hit 850,000 families with a reduction in SNAP benefits of $90 per month—hardly insignificant when the average daily allotment is approximately $4.20 per person. 

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Gold for executives; contempt for taxpayers

Jamie Dimon took high heat over his 74 percent mega-raise, but he’s not at fault. The blame goes to a 1993 boondoggle for bigwigs—a boondoggle that’s cost taxpayers by the billions ever since. Congress should call a halt, and the country’s mood...

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There's no confusion about what's best for our national defense

If Congress signals a willingness to budget at the levels the president requests for the years beyond FY 2015, we will ensure our next five-year plan sustains our preferred force levels for the Army and Marine Corps end strengths and for aircraft carriers.

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