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Why Not the Older Americans Act?

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

The American public's cynicism about Washington can diminish when bipartisanship prevails and bills become law. The most recent example of this was the signing into law of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act by President Obama yesterday, July 22.

Ed Today: Tom Harkin's Retirement Will Leave Education Committee Gap

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.30.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Tom Harkin Out? This weekend, Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) announced he won't be running for reelection. While the "liberal lion's" announcement made news, what I didn't see mentioned in many stories about the retirement is that Harkin is chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions committee -- the very one that is in charge of dealing with the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind. So what's next for HELP? Harkin has told me he intends to reset the reauthorization process while he's still there, but as the folks at Politics K-12 note, that desire could "set up an interesting dynamic with the Obama administration," which is more focused on implementing the waivers it has issued from the law to 34 states and Washington, D.C. The White House wasn't exactly thrilled with the bill his committee moved last year.

Whither Bipartisanship In Education Policy?

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.16.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

One upon a time, education was known as a bipartisan issue in Congress. The passage of No Child Left Behind, for example, was heralded by Democrats like Ted Kennedy and George Miller, as well as Republicans like John Boehner and former President George W. Bush.

Erin Mershon

Senate Hears Testimony From Transgender Person For First Time

HuffingtonPost.com | Erin Mershon | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For the first time in American history, an openly transgender person testified before a Senate committee on Tuesday. Kylar Broadus, f...

Hayley Miller

No Child Left Behind Revision Moves One Step Closer To Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Hayley Miller | Posted 12.21.2011 | Education

WASHINGTON -- The Senate education committee completed a bipartisan markup revising the No Child Left Behind Act on Thursday evening. After 13 hours o...

Joy Resmovits

Civil Rights Coalition But Not Teachers' Unions Harp On Harkin's Education Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.19.2011 | Education

As Senators of the Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions Committee debated federal education policy at an abbreviated hearing Wednesday morning, two co...

For-Profit Education: Will We Ever Learn?

Melanie Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Melanie Sloan

People looking to increase their marketability in a tough economic climate are being deceived about what an education at these schools will cost, what doors these degrees might open, and the salaries students can expect upon graduation.

Senate Invites Arsonist to Testify on Cause of Fire... Kind Of

Tom Matzzie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tom Matzzie

After all that has happened with the financial crisis and the role that short-sellers played in dragging big companies down into the muck, you'd hope the U.S. Senate wouldn't play this role. But it is going on today.

Michael Bennet Is Securing Our Future

Angie Paccione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Angie Paccione

I'm proud that Bennet has gone to bat for our veterans by co-sponsoring the "Troops to Teachers Enhancement Act," which will expand a program that encourages our veterans to become teachers.

Dems Threaten Baucus: We Could Take Away Your Gavel

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an apparent warning to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), some liberal Democrats have suggested a secret-ballot vote every two...

A Historic Victory for Health Care Reform

Sen. Jeff Merkley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Jeff Merkley

Today we took a monumental step in the fight for real health care reform.

Hatch Attacks Essential Services for Low-Income Communities Under Health Care Reform

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

Republicans must turn on the lights, look under the bed, open the closet door and realize that neither women's health issues writ large, nor Planned Parenthood specifically are the bogeymen.

All 13 Democrats are voting for new HELP health care bill

Jason Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jason Rosenbaum

The HELP Committee has released their final version of a health care bill, including a public health insurance option and a provision for shared respo...

Ryan Grim

Kennedy Health Care Reform Bill Released -- Help Us Read Through It

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Dropping in at 615 pages is the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee's attempt to fix the broken health care system. The HELP Commit...