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Towards Equity: Bi-partisan Federal Legislation Tackles Racial Disproportionality and Puts Families First

Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D. | Posted 02.25.2016 | Politics
Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D.

While funding essential interventions prior to removing children into foster care, the Hatch-Wyden Family First Act creates a much needed national standard for residential treatment by defining medical and clinical expectations.

Feds Finally Putting Families First

Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D. | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D.

Our Federal child welfare financing system gives states little incentive to invest in prevention and family services that help keep children safely at home.

Top Senate Democrat Presses Treasury To Go After Volkswagen Tax Breaks

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, wants the Treasury Department to hit Volkswagen with steep pe...

Senators Probe Whether VW Misled IRS On More Than $50 Million In Tax Credits

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and ranking member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) want to know if Volkswagen lied to the fede...

Senate IRS Investigation Leads To Mixed Findings

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel that conducted a two-year investigation into a scandal over the targeting of conservative political ...

Sen. Jim Inhofe Sounds Off On Highway Trust Fund Future

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) sat down with The Huffington Post Tuesday to talk about the difficulties for Congress in finding funding for a...

Obama's Trade Deals: A Test For Hillary Clinton

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

On trade policy, Clinton now finds herself to the right of Mr. Wall Street Democrat, Chuck Schumer. And this is only the first of countless tests of where Clinton really stands -- tests that will keep coming up between now and primary season. If she is presenting herself as a forceful leader, it ill-becomes Clinton to duck.

Jessica Schulberg

Congress Votes Against European Boycotts of Israeli Settlements

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday evening, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously voted in favor of an amendment to discourage European participation in t...

Michael McAuliff

Murder Doesn't Matter Under Trade Deals, Obama Administration Informs Unions

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defenders of the White House push for sweeping trade deals argue they include tough enforcement of labor standards. But a top union lead...

Pat Roberts' Cell Goes Off During A Hearing, Revealing His Amazing Ringtone Choice

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) apparently forgot to silence his cell phone during work Thursday, because his ringtone, "Let It Go" from the Disney movie "F...

Tax Day: Deadline to Dodge Taxes?

Jaimie Woo | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Jaimie Woo

Our loophole-ridden corporate tax code creates winners and losers. The winners are a narrow set of large multinationals that boast armies of tax lawyers and accountants, and the losers are average taxpayers and small business owners who are left to foot the bill.

Burwell Clears Hurdle On Way To Health Secretary Confirmation

Reuters | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Finance Committee voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to approve the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwe...

Senate Panel Passes Bill To Wind Down Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

Reuters | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics

By Margaret Chadbourn WASHINGTON, May 15 (Reuters) - A Senate panel on Thursday approved legislation to wind down Fannie Mae and Fred...

Burwell Takes Obamacare Hot Seat Before Senate Finance Panel

Reuters | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics

By David Morgan and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) - Senate Republicans get their last chance to grill President Barack Ob...

U.S. Corporations Have Over $2 Trillion Stashed Overseas

Reuters | Posted 06.08.2014 | Business

* U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Wyden calls for reform * Total of profits stashed abroad up 93 percent 2008-2013 ...

The Less-Than-Charitable Cost of Tax Reform

William Daroff | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
William Daroff

Even in our fragile economy, Americans still want to give back to those who need help the most. However, charitable giving will suffer should the deduction be limited.

Michael McAuliff

Here's A Bipartisan Duo Liberals Fear: Ron Wyden And Paul Ryan

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and soon-to-be Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have worked toget...

Is It Finally Time for Currency Trade Legislation?

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 01.27.2014 | Business
Gilbert B. Kaplan

It's time for the president to live up to the spirit of his campaign promises. He should voice his support for this bill and encourage both houses of Congress to attach it to their next major piece of budgetary or fiscal legislation.

Impact of Failure to Raise the Nation's Debt Limit

Sen. Jay Rockefeller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sen. Jay Rockefeller

If my colleagues won't listen to my arguments for why we must not delay and vote to raise the debt ceiling, I do hope they listen to President Reagan.

Despite higher income tax, state finances continue downward spiral in Illinois!

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.30.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

A bill filed by Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) is intensifying speculation that the 2011 personal and corporate income tax hikes could become permanent. The...

Coming Soon: Another London Whale Shocker?

Dimitri B. Papadimitriou | Posted 08.18.2013 | Business
Dimitri B. Papadimitriou

Did the London Whale revelations result in protections for bank customers -- and their federal insurers -- from this kind of gambling?

How Likely Is Carried Interest Reform?

Jeremy Scott | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Jeremy Scott

Carried interest reform will almost certainly be part of any major tax reform bill offered by Camp or Baucus. But it's also possible that even if tax reform efforts fail or stall, carried interest legislation could find its way into an extenders package or as a pay-for for deficit reduction or an extension of the debt limit.

Medtronics Manipulates Safety Data -- When a Fine Should Become a Crime

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 08.11.2013 | Business
Spencer Aronfeld

It is perfectly legal and common for physicians to prescribe medication and medical devices for "off-label" use. But the FDA prohibits manufacturers from directly promoting the unapproved use of their products.

Dilemma -- the Earned Income Tax Credit

Christopher Bergin | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Christopher Bergin

Immediately, some began to assert that Baucus' announcement meant the end of tax reform. Pardon me if I differ, but if anything, it probably helps the tax reform effort a bit by concentrating Baucus more on it.

Senator's Former Aides Lobby Him To Shape Tax Legislation

The New York Times | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Restaurant chains like McDonald’s want to keep their lucrative tax credit for hiring veterans. Altria, the tobacco giant, wants to cu...