Over the last several months, Americans across the country have been outraged by reports of malfeasance by federal bureaucracies. Chief among the perpetrators has been the Internal Revenue Service, and it seems that with each passing day we learn of another scandal.
Republicans and Democrats across the ideological spectrum agree that the current Medicare payment system must be repealed and that the rate of growth in health care spending in the United States is unsustainable. Now is the time to act.
In one of Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s (D-N.J.) final acts of leadership, he introduced legislation that would implement the first changes in chemical safety laws in nearly four decades. Lautenberg worked with Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and other friends across the aisle to bring forth the Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013, S. 1009 (CSIA), a bipartisan bill which would help propel our outdated federal toxicity testing standards into the 21st century.
For most of human history, society has believed that people with disabilities are incapable of productive work. This was the belief in 1938, when Congress exempted employers of workers with disabilities from paying their workers the federal minimum wage. Since then, attitudes about workers with disabilities have slowly changed, and our nation’s laws and policies have changed with them. Recognizing that Americans with disabilities could work and make a living, Congress passed the Rehabilitation Act in 1973. This historic law recognized that people with disabilities should not be discriminated against in employment and strengthened a system, funded by the federal government and administered through state agencies, that prepares Americans with disabilities for competitive employment in the mainstream workforce.
Buried within the labyrinth that is the Congressional appropriations process lies a federal policy that has been discriminating against, harming, and disrespecting women serving in the Peace Corps for decades.