Democrats told Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairwoman Mary Jo White to require reporting on the source of conflict minerals from Congo.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) called on Congress to help college students who now have more than $1 trillion in debt.
The op-ed was timed for the start of President Obama's trip to Asia this week, where he will meet with leaders from Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and the Philippines.
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said Friday that he wants the Senate to debate and pass legislation to raise the federal minimum wage when lawmakers return on April 28.
“When the Senate returns to Washington in late April, we should debate and pass legislation to raise the minimum wage,” Levin said said. “It is indisputable that increasing the minimum wage would reduce poverty.”
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.