Economics/Trade

Levin: Senate should vote to raise the minimum wage

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.”

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Brown: Congress can do more on job training

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.”

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Schumer demands more money for school security

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.”

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Corker to Obama: ‘Take action now’ on more sanctions

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.

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Senate bill provides insurance for cities at risk of terrorism

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.

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