Post Tagged with: "Senate"

Top Senate GOPer Alexander, Catering To Right, Seeks To Ax Davis-Bacon

WASHINGTON–In an obvious bid to cater to the Radical Right, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., top Republican on the panel that handles workers’ issues, launched a bid to repeal the Davis-Bacon Act. Though Alexander’s bill, unveiled July 17, will go nowhere in Congress, it precedes the August Tennessee primary, where he faces a Right Wing challenger.

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Senate GOP Filibuster Kills “Bring The Jobs Home” Bill

WASHINGTON–Once again, a Senate Republican filibuster killed a pro-worker bill, the Bring The Jobs Home Act, to extend tax credits to firms which do just that. By a 54-42 vote on July 30, lawmakers tried to cut off the GOP talkathon against the Bring The Jobs Home Act. The measure would yank tax deductions from firms that off-shore U.S. jobs while extending a 20 percent federal tax credit to those that return off-shored jobs to our shores. Senators needed 60 votes to cut off the debate, and didn’t get them.

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Supreme Court Rules Obama NLRB Recess Appointments Illegal; Trumpka Downplays Impact

WASHINGTON —By a 9-0 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Democratic President Barack Obama illegally made three “recess appointments” in 2012 to the National Labor Relations Board – virtually throwing out the hundreds of NLRB cases those appointees voted on.

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Senate Appropriators Consider Labor-HHS-Education Bill

Last week, Senate appropriators began and then halted their consideration of the Fiscal Year (FY)15 Labor-HHS-Education bill, the measure which funds programs in the Department of Education, as well as the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services.   Though the details are still preliminary, at this point it appears that the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee cut the School Leadership Program by […]

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House Passes Charter School Bill While Senate Introduces A Nearly Identical Measure

The bipartisan charter school bill, known as the “Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act,” (H.R. 10) which consolidates and updates the existing charter school programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday May 9th on a bipartisan vote of 360-45. The bill passed as written of Committee with a […]

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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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Contact Your Senator in Support of Public Education

Contact Your Senator in Support of Public Education

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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Dreamers Group to Push for Individual Immigration Bills

WASHINGTON—Taking their cue from Democratic President Barack Obama, one prominent “Dream Act” group – representing undocumented youths brought to the U.S. as children – now wants the GOP-run U.S. House to debate and vote on individual immigration-related bills by the end of this year. The object, they said on Nov. 20, is to get the measures on the House floor, […]

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Senate Veterans Panel OKs Restoring Bargaining Rights for Some VA Workers

WASHINGTON—Moving to close an injustice to workers, the Democratic-run Senate Veterans Affairs Committee voted 8-6 on party lines on Nov. 19 to restore some collective bargaining rights to some Veterans Affairs (VA) professional workers. Major veterans groups and the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents VA workers, support the legislation.  The GOP opposed it.  Senate Republicans argued the measure […]

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Turn Back The Clock: Senate Republicans Unveil Anti-Worker Labor Law Rewrite

WASHINGTON—Making good on a GOP promise during the latest Senate debate over the National Labor Relations Board’s powers – and shoring up their Right Wing credentials with the Tea Party — 24 Republicans introduced legislation in late November to, in many respects, turn back the clock on U.S. labor law. The so-called Employee Rights Act would, among other things, outlaw […]

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