Post Tagged with: "Congress"

Key Lawmaker Warns Highway-Mass Transit Money is Running Out

WASHINGTON –Money to repair the nation’s crumbling roads and rehab its creaky mass transit lines will run out by July, a key lawmaker on budget issues warns. In an April 8 floor speech, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Wash., added the federal highway-mass transit trust fund could be exhausted by then, bringing projects to a dead halt at the […]

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Obama Executive Order Marks Equal Pay Day Push; Senate GOP Kills Debate on Pay Equity Bill

WASHINGTON –Democratic President Barack Obama’s executive order banning companies with federal contracts from retaliating against workers who discuss their pay with each other, and a Senate vote on pay equity legislation, marked the “equal pay day” push of 2014. But while Obama’s orders marked Equal Pay Day on April 8, the Senate failed to come through on April 9.  Senate […]

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Trumka to Obama: Fast-Track is Dead; Construct Pro-Worker Trade Policy

WASHINGTON –Declaring presidential “fast-track” trade authority dead, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is challenging Democratic President Barack Obama to construct a new pro-worker U.S. trade policy, as part of larger pro-worker economic policy. In a major speech on fast-track and trade, and in Q&A afterwards, Trumka called the president’s trade plan “dead on arrival” in the U.S. Senate because then-Senate Finance […]

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Unite Here Backs Up Letter to Lawmakers with Detailed Criticism of ACA’s Impact on Health Plans

WASHINGTON –Unite Here, whose president, D Taylor, previously urged lawmakers to fix the Affordable Care Act’s impact on multi-employer health care plans, has backed the critique with a detailed report laying out the negative effects on plans that now, union leaders say, cover 20 million people nationwide. Predictably, Right Wing media seized on Unite Here’s analysis as yet another reason […]

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Michigan Dem Shauer Bids for Building Trades’ Support

WASHINGTON –Unions’ conferences in D.C. wouldn’t be complete without political hopefuls seeking labor’s support.  Michigan’s Mark Schauer, New Jersey’s Donald Norcross and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy filled those roles at the North American Building Trades Unions’ confab, March 9-12. Norcross, who spoke March 10, has the easiest task.  The IBEW member, president of the Southern New Jersey Central Labor Council, […]

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House GOP Ambushes NLRB, Again

WASHINGTON –Using the excuse of decrying “ambush elections,” the Republican Right Wingers who dominate the House Education and the Workforce Committee ambushed the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) at a March 5 hearing on the board’s proposal – without, of course, giving the NLRB a chance to reply. Though the hearing’s tone was low-key, the rhetoric from both the GOP […]

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AFSA Attends School Privacy Zone Summit

AFSA Attends School Privacy Zone Summit

On Monday, February 24, 2014 AFSA attended a one day School Privacy Zone Summit: Protecting Student Data from the Classroom to the Cloud, hosted by Common Sense Media and the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands. As more schools and students use education technology inside and outside of the classroom, there are massive amounts of personal student data that is collected. The […]

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Speak Out For Public Education During National School Choice Week

Speak Out For Public Education During National School Choice Week

NOW is the time to make your voice heard. Contact your Senator and let them know that you oppose the Scholarships for Kids Act, S.1968 and the Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and Communities through Education (CHOICE), S. 1909.

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Statement on Farm Bill

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $956 billion farm bill in a bipartisan vote. AFSA is very concerned that the final bill included more than $8 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. This cut will […]

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NEA Grades Legislators on Commitment to Education

The National Education Association released their legislative report card for the 113th Congress’ first session, assigning A-through-F letter grades for each representative and senator. The report evaluates lawmakers’ overall support for public education and educators based on voting records and on additional criteria including co-sponsorship of bills advancing NEA’s legislative priorities, behind-the-scenes work to advance priority issues, committee votes, accessibility […]

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