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Sander Levin

As Republicans head home for recess, millions of unemployed are left behind

Rep. Sandy Levin | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
Rep. Sandy Levin

The fight to renew unemployment insurance has always been about those who are most affected. This is about the forgotten Americans struggling just to make ends meet. We hear them, we stand with them, and we urge House Republicans to end their resistance to an extension.

Michael McAuliff

House Votes To Boost Well-Off Kids, Cut Out Poor Kids

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives voted Friday to change a tax credit in a way that would add $115 billion to the deficit and hurt poorer par...

Republican Rhetoric on Poverty Seeks to Mask Their Troubling Reality

Rep. Sandy Levin | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics
Rep. Sandy Levin

This week on the topic of poverty, Congressman Ryan spoke. A day later he and his Republican colleagues voted. What's clear is that action speaks lo...

Majority of Americans Happy With Their New Health Insurance

Rep. Sandy Levin | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Rep. Sandy Levin

Americans want quality, affordable health insurance and have found it within the Affordable Care Act. Indeed, new enrollment numbers offer the firmest evidence yet that the health care law is working.

Michael McAuliff

House Votes For Tax Breaks To Add $287 Billion More To Deficit

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The GOP-led House of Representatives embraced a former stimulus measure Friday, voting to make it and another related tax cut permanent,...

Arthur Delaney

House Dem Isn't Giving Up On Unemployment Benefits

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There's little chance Congress will revive the unemployment benefits that expired in December, but Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) won't stop...

GOP Is All Talk, No Walk on Fiscal Responsibility

Rep. Sandy Levin | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Rep. Sandy Levin

The House Ways and Means Committee voted this week to add $310 billion to the U.S. deficit by making permanent six tax credits for businesses. To put their fiscal irresponsibility into context, $310 billion represents half of the entire federal deficit this year -- which is the lowest it has been since President Obama took office.

Mr. Speaker, Don't Turn Your Back on the Jobless

Rep. Sandy Levin | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Rep. Sandy Levin

Despite significant public support for continuing long-term unemployment benefits -- with polls showing Americans by a two-to-one margin favor extended benefits -- Speaker Boehner continues to give the same excuses for inaction.

Michael McAuliff

GOP Lawmakers Say Yes To $310 Billion For Business, But $12 Million For At-Risk Kids? Nope

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans on a congressional tax-writing committee objected Tuesday to the cost of a bill that would spend $1 million a year to help k...

House Rejects Bipartisan Obamacare Fix

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday rejected a bipartisan fix to the Affordable Care Act that would exempt U.S. health plans sold to expatriate...

Michael McAuliff

Republicans Vote For Criminal Probe Of Lois Lerner In IRS Scandal

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House Ways and Means Committee took the scandal over the Internal Revenue Service's botched scrutiny of political nonprofits to a ne...

Prospects Dim For Fast Renewal Of Unemployment Benefits

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prospects dimmed Monday for a quick extension of expiring unemployment benefits as Republican officials said they would not agree ...

Michigan Congressman Goes On Food Stamps

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 06.07.2013 | Detroit

Survive on less than $5 a day for groceries? That's a fact of life for many recipients of food stamps -- but we have a feeling most lawmakers deciding...

Good Consumers, Bad Citizens

Michael Winship | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

Profit will out, whether in Wall Street boardrooms or in the ashes of a south Asian sweatshop. All of which makes for ever wealthier plutocrats, consumers kept content with cheap goods, and if we do nothing about it, lousy citizens.

The Tax Man Targeting our Right to Diversity of Thought

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Wendy N. Powell

We all have skin in this game to maintain our liberties. It is an ironic turn of events that the very issue of inappropriate scrutiny of our liberties is now the focus of the IRS by the public, media, elected officials; even the ACLU has raised its head.

Michael McAuliff

Ex-IRS Head Grilled Over Tea Party Scandal

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service took a bipartisan drubbing Friday morning over its targeting of conservative political groups, even as its ...

Michael McAuliff

House Passes Bill To Pay Only Some U.S. Debts

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House passed a measure Thursday that would amount to the rough equivalent of declaring bankruptcy for the United States, directing t...

Dave Jamieson

Retailers' Pledges On Garment Worker Safety Ring Hollow

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.03.2013 | Business

The climbing death toll in the wake of a massive building collapse in Bangladesh has put increasing pressure on Western retailers to commit themselves...

Dem: Obama Administration 'At Times' Overstated Damage

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) claimed the Obama administration has "at times" overstated the potential damage of sequestration. “Maybe at times the...

Arthur Delaney

Drug Testing Unemployment Measures To Get Boost In State Legislatures

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics

States will soon try to fulfill the Republican goal of making unemployed people pee in cups to prove they're not on drugs. Last February, congressi...

Michael McAuliff

Study: High-End Tax Cuts Have Not Helped

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Congressional Research Service report that was reissued Thursday after Republicans complained about it before the elections still find...

Amanda Terkel

Big 3 Automakers Reportedly Worried About Michigan Right To Work

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.11.2012 | Detroit

WASHINGTON -- While one of Michigan's biggest industries remains silent in public on the debate over so-called right-to-work legislation, privately th...

The Other Cliff (Hint: It's in Your Tax Return)

Christopher Bergin | Posted 01.30.2013 | Business
Christopher Bergin

So, welcome to the other cliff. In Washington, our lawmakers continue to treat the cliffs they created like a game of chicken in a classic James Dean movie. And we all get to sit in the back seat.

Alex Becker

Presidential Candidates Must Release Taxes, Democrats Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Alex Becker | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to introduce legislation that would require presumptive Republican presidential nomi...

Top Democrats Push Obama on Capital Controls

Sarah Anderson | Posted 07.25.2012 | Business
Sarah Anderson

Despite their proven effectiveness in many cases, these policy tools are prohibited by U.S. trade and investment policies. Particularly in the wake of the worst financial crisis in 80 years, it's an embarrassingly outmoded position.