Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) on Thursday called on President Obama to raise the issue of Japanese currency manipulation during his visit to Japan next week.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) praised President Obama’s initiative to improve worker training, but said Congress can do more to help by passing his bill.
“The administration’s initiative is an important step towards addressing our country’s skills gap,” Brown said. “Congress can continue this progress by passing my bipartisan legislation which would strengthen job training efforts.”
A group of House lawmakers is headed to the Asia-Pacific on Friday for a week of talks with top leaders in Japan, South Korea and China to discuss strengthening economic, trade and security ties.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he wants more federal funding for school security because some schools are being forced to dip into funds for education in order to ensure school safety.
“As a parent, I know that the safety, health, and success of our children are always at the front of the mind,” Schumer said. “We must do everything in our power to allow our schools to bolster their safety programs to make sure we have the tools at our disposal to better prevent the next Sandy Hook.”
Several House Republican lawmakers used Tuesday’s deadline for filing IRS returns to advocate for a national sales tax.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) called for reforms to the U.S. tax code on Tax Day.
“Tax day is another unfortunate reminder of the need to reform our burdensome tax code,” Flake said.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) called on President Obama to impose more sanctions on Russian companies to deter Russian military intervention in Ukraine.
Corker sent Obama a letter over the weekend, ahead of a European Union meeting on Russian sanctions Monday.
Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) said his proposal could appeal to conservatives.
A bipartisan Senate bill would require the federal government to cover some expenses if terrorists attack a city.
Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) announced Thursday that they have drafted a reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), which provides federal insurance against losses from terrorist attacks that could bankrupt a city.
The Senate passed a bill Thursday that aims to ensure transparency on how all federal funds are spent.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced S. 994, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, and got unanimous consent Thursday to pass the measure with an amendment from Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.).