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Sam Stein

Top Dem Warns GOP To Deal Now Or Risk Another Government Shutdown

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Video Urges Congress To Reverse Damaging Trend

AP | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of science, higher education and business organizations concerned about cuts in federal research dollars are hoping a new ...

Arthur Delaney

Budget Cuts Mean 70,000 Fewer Housing Vouchers For The Poor

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Delores Lewis became an expert on mouse traps while living in her last apartment. "I used the sticky, I used the old-fashioned, ...

President's Budget to Propose Building on Murray-Ryan Agreement

Joel Friedman | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Joel Friedman

The administration proposal highlights that the funding levels under current law will deprive the nation of worthy investments in such areas as infrastructure, research, and education, and it urges Congress and the nation to evaluate whether the benefits of higher spending in those areas outweigh the costs of cutting certain programs and raising certain revenues.

House Changes to Military Pensions Would Violate Key Principle of Recent Budget Deal

Joel Friedman | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Joel Friedman

The House voted yesterday to undo the military pension savings in December's Murray-Ryan budget deal and offset the cost by extending the sequestration budget cuts for mandatory programs by one year, from 2023 to 2024.   That was a mistake. 

US Biomedical Research: We Must Reverse a Decade of Neglect

Claire Pomeroy | Posted 04.12.2014 | Impact
Claire Pomeroy

As an HIV physician, I began my career early in the AIDS epidemic. I held my patients' hands as they cried when receiving their diagnosis. And when protease inhibitors were licensed and "triple therapy" became the norm, I could help patients plan how they would live, rather than how they would die.