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The President's Budget: Continuing the Slow Climb Upward

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

The president's budget proposal recognizes some basic truths: we cannot speed up economic recovery without investments that create jobs and increase workers' readiness to do those jobs.

Washington Must Walk the Talk: "Make It in America" Must Move From Slogan to Solutions

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

We might not be able to match the incentives offered by our trading partners dollar-for-dollar, but we can make the choice competitive enough that we can leverage the inherent advantages that our country still offers.

New York's LGBTQ Marriages, "Don't Ask" Repeal, and California's LGBTQ History Bill Herald Tipping Point

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 09.21.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Now more than never, it is imperative to remind each other, and our elected officials, that until we all have equal rights -- be it the right to marry or earn equal wages -- liberty and justice has not yet been granted.

Leon Panetta Approved By Senate As Next Pentagon Chief

AP | By DONNA CASSATA | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved the nomination of Leon Panetta to be the next Pentagon chief, handing him a crowded agenda of...

Preventing Predatory Lending by For-Profit Colleges

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 08.13.2011 | Business
Rep. Mike Honda

Today, many for-profit colleges have picked up where the subprime lenders left off. They are using the same promise of the American dream as bait to trap vulnerable students into underperforming schools and saddling them with a lifetime of debt.

"Gang of Five" Elite Deficit Talks Doing Disservice to Democracy

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

We need an open budget process that keeps the interests of the broad majority of Americans front and center.The Congressional Progressive Caucus' budget proposal is the only plan in Washington that truly reflects the will of the people.

Finally, Obama Leads on the Deficit

Donald Kaul | Posted 06.18.2011 | Politics
Donald Kaul

In 1993, President Bill Clinton raised taxes and lowered the deficit. The economy took off and produced a budget surplus. Enter George W. Bush. The budget descended into the red again and hasn't recovered yet.

The New Yorker: Has Obama Given Up On Inequality?

New Yorker | George Packer | Posted 06.18.2011 | Business

All this suggests, not for the first time, that the President might be a better tactician than his critics. But outmaneuvering his political opponents...

The Republican Attack on Women

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Title X saves the U.S. taxpayer at least $3.4 billion in health care costs annually. If Republicans plan to defund one of the largest providers of these services, they need to suggest an alternative.

US Peace Ranking Shows Billions in State Budget Savings

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Despite the devastating financial implications of violent crime in a society, the unfortunate tendency in America is to pursue policies that primarily react to violence, not aim to prevent it.

Ryan's Road to Ruin

Rick Horowitz | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Paul Ryan's core beliefs aren't everyone's core beliefs. Many Americans don't believe that the only measure of effective government is "How much spending can you cut?" or "How many programs can you cripple?"

The Only Real Democratic Budget: Why Progressives Have the Answer to What the American Public Wants

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Budgets are more than collections of numbers. They are a statement of our values. We need a budget that eliminates the deficit, stabilizes the debt, puts Americans back to work, and restores our economic competitiveness.

Republican Budget Exacerbates U.S. Inequality: Why a Progressive Alternative Is Essential

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

We can defend the American dream, put America back to work, ensure fairness for working-class families and cut the debt and deficit, but Ryan's proposal fails on all counts.

Representatives Defend Joint Strike Fighter Program Against 'Irresponsible' Budget Cuts

Posted 06.05.2011 | Business

By Colin Clark Editor, AOL Defense WASHINGTON -- As GOP budget ace Rep. Paul Ryan rolled out his ambitious 2012 budget plan, supporters of the c...

War Internment Lessons: Peter King's Muslim Hearings Will Not Make America Safer

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

The King hearings do little to keep our country secure and do plenty to increase prejudice, discrimination and hate. I thought we learned a lesson or two from my internment camp experience in Colorado. I hope I am not proven wrong.

Republican Education Cuts Killing America's Economic Competitiveness

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

We must make every school as good as the schools in our wealthiest communities. That is exactly why the Department of Education recently launched the Equity and Excellence Commission.

The Incredible Shrinking Budget Debate: Why the Only Choice We're Being Offered Is Between Bad and Worse

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

We are now locked in the great budget battle of 2011. Who will win, the president or House Republicans? It's impossible to say yet, but I do know who is going to lose: us.

Sam Stein

GOP Rep On How Congress Will Avoid A Government Shutdown | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) acknowledged the obvious on Sunday: The resolution he and his colleagues passed Saturday...

Elise Foley

John Boehner On Entitlement Cuts: 'Everything Is On The Table' | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATED BELOW WASHINGTON -- House Republicans remain divided on whether their upcoming budget for fiscal year 2012 will include cuts to government ...

Elise Foley

Republicans Respond To Obama Budget: 'It Would Be Better To Pass Nothing' | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans bashed the president's budget proposal on Monday, calling it a punt down the road for the nation's deficit and criticizing O...

Republican Cuts: Disingenous, Indiscriminate and Indefensible

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

When Republicans made the federal deficit the centerpiece of their 2010 campaigns, it was a rare convergence of smart policy meeting smart politics. However, they have quickly ditched the smart policy in favor of smart politics.

Bernanke Responds To GOP Grilling On Inflation

AP | JEANNINE AVERSA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress sharply questioned Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Wednesday over whether the Fed's policies are raising ...

Paul Ryan's Budget: Unnecessary Pain With No Long-Term Gain

Andrew Fieldhouse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Fieldhouse

It's not the non-security discretionary budget that is the culprit of today's deficit. But if enacted, Paul Ryan's proposed budget would have devastating consequences in those key public investments.

Cents and Sensibility: The Economic Case Behind Immigration Reform

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Immigration brings formidable fiscal implications. Keeping immigrants here or sending them home can save or cost taxpayers dearly.

Pushing the Private Sector to Prioritize American Jobs

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rep. Mike Honda

Policies that favor scaling up domestically, as opposed to overseas, are essential to ensuring that American ingenuity generates U.S. jobs -- not just a high Dow Jones Industrial Average.