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Senate Democrats Plot Sequestration's Downfall

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With just days left in the legislative calendar before government funding expires, Senate Democrats are increasingly confident they'll b...

Caps Hurt!

Deborah De Santis | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

CSH has been working with our partners nationally and in the field to reverse budget caps and cuts imposed by our federal leaders through a process called sequestration (forced confiscation of funds).

We Need More Housing Choice Vouchers

Deborah De Santis | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

If we want to save children from the trauma of homelessness, we must increase the resources available to families in need of stable housing.

Boehner Ducks Offer To Negotiate A Way Around A Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) declined Thursday to address Democratic offers to negotiate a budget that avoids the threat of a go...

Michael McAuliff

Paul Ryan Says Government Won't Shut Down Because Republicans Are In Control | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is confident there will be no government shutdown this fall because Republicans are in charge on Capitol Hill, h...

Sam Stein

Top Dem Warns GOP To Deal Now Or Risk Another Government Shutdown | Sam Stein | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Democrat who cut the last budget deal to avoid the full impact of sequestration is warning Republicans they risk a government...

Where Is That GDP Growth We Keep Waiting For?

Luis Ubiñas | Posted 05.04.2015 | Money
Luis Ubiñas

Balancing the budget through reduced spending and increased revenues, ending the vast expansion of the Federal Reserve's balance sheet and normalizing interest rates, are all necessary actions in the effort to right the economy in the face of the Great Recession.

Sam Stein

Dick Durbin Says He Won't Vote For Government Funding Bill Without Sequester Fix | Sam Stein | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate says he won't support a government funding bill this fall if it does not include relief from spending c...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Senate Passes GOP Budget After Late-Night Debate | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate early Friday passed a Republican budget plan that would cut spending by $5.1 trillion over 10 years, raise military funding a...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Paul Ryan Opens The Door To Breakthrough On Budget Deal | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on Thursday that he is open to another bipartisan deal to alleviate sequestration before it returns in Octo...

Sam Stein

Obama Calls Republicans' Bluff On Government Funding | Sam Stein | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Friday drew a sharp line in the sand before the next big battle over funding the government, pledging his oppo...

Don't Throw Social Security Under the Bus!

Terry O'Neill | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

The choice isn't between the wrong-headed austerity of sequestration and the failed austerity plan of Simpson-Bowles. Congress must choose to be on the side of women and their families, and against cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

President Obama's Budget: Five Small Steps Forward, One Big Step Back

Doug Hall | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Doug Hall

Unfortunately, this year's budget continues the harmful framework imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011 of "trading off" defense spending with domestic needs. Once again, increased defense spending has been blindly offered to balance an equal amount of increased investment in job creation and training, education, climate change, and other priorities combined.

Push for Progress: Children Cannot Wait

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

So many children have lost ground as the trumped-up fear of excessive debt children did not cause has been used by some in Congress to cut safety net programs we know work.

EXCLUSIVE: Obama Gives His 'Blueprint for Middle-Class Economics'

Barack Obama | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Barack Obama

America's resurgence is real. With a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production, we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth. Now we have to choose what we want that future to look like. Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well?

Sam Stein

Elizabeth Warren Proposes Big Pharma 'Swear Jar' To Fund Medical Research | Sam Stein | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In an effort to fund scientific research in the era of divided government, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is seeking to force lawbreaki...

Jason Linkins

IRS Budget Cuts Plus Tribal Politics Will Make Tax Season A Customer Service Hellscape | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics

As the Washington Post's Lori Montgomery reports, the Internal Revenue Service typically "handles nearly 160 million tax returns each year and more th...

Student Loan Origination Fees: A Hidden Tax

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

There is a tremendous financial burden being unfairly heaped upon students. What was supposed to be a public service to provide greater accessibility to a college education for those who lacked other options now preys upon those it's supposed to help.

Managing the Pentagon in 2015: Challenges for the Next Defense Secretary

David W. Kearn | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
David W. Kearn

Given the uncertain and complex nature of the international security environment and the dysfunctional politics of Washington, the next Secretary faces a truly daunting set of tasks.

Sequestration's Toll: 100,000 Fewer Low-Income Families With Housing Vouchers

Douglas Rice | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Douglas Rice

It's essential that Congress provide enough funds in 2015 to renew all of the vouchers issued in 2014 and make further progress in reversing the voucher losses under sequestration. To achieve this goal, Congress should fund vouchers at least at the level that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved in June.

Amanda v. Goliath$

Paula Gordon | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Amanda is a true representative of "Us." Against staggering odds, through education and grit, Amanda worked her way into the middle class.

What You Owe Your Military

Tom Young | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
Tom Young

Do you want to support the troops? I mean truly support the troops; the yellow-ribbon magnet on your car doesn't count. If you do, ask yourself a question when you go to the polls: Which candidate takes war seriously enough to take a stand?

Want to Destroy ISIS? Congress Should Implement the Draft and Raise Taxes Immediately

H. A. Goodman | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Taxes and military service is what America owes its veterans, future generations, and any terrorist who gets in the way of freedom and democracy. Open up your pocket books, pick up a gun, and say goodbye to your family, because America needs everyone to chip in and protect liberty.

Sam Stein

The Scientific Research Community Is Still Freaking Out About Sequestration | Sam Stein | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Months after Congress restored some of the deep spending cuts it had made to scientific research budgets, scientists are warning that th...

Sam Stein

Add To Sequestration's Human Toll 1,000 Fewer Funded Scientists | Sam Stein | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The cost of federal budget cuts on scientific research has been measured predominantly in dollar amounts and grants unfunded. To get a s...