Post Tagged with: "Congress"

Pro-Worker Agenda of Congressional Progressives

Pro-worker legislation, including equal pay for equal work and an updated stronger version of the Employee Free Choice Act, are part of the progressive platform lawmakers will try to push through the Democratic-run House in the 116th Congress, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., the Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair, says. And solons got a head start on that platform with two House […]

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President Diann Woodard Responds to US Congress Spending Bill Agreement

Late Tuesday evening Congressional leaders agreed to a $1.1 Trillion deal to keep most government programs funded through September 2015. The House and Senate are expected to vote on the measure later this week. In response to the agreement, AFSA President Diann Woodard released the following statement: “We are pleased that Congress came together to do the necessary hard work […]

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A Congressman In Trouble For Trying To Be…A Congressman

A short article in Roll Call, a small newspaper that circulates mainly among lawmakers, staffers, newspaper people and other denizens of Capitol Hill, caught our eye the other day. With Congress headed out of town for a month-long recess, it’s relevant.

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Cox: VA Bill Satisfies AFGE

WASHINGTON–The new and sudden congressional compromise to try to solve medical access problems at the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) satisfies the president of the union representing the agency’s employees, J. David Cox, a retired VA nurse.

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Last-Minute Congressional Passage Of Highway-Mass Transit Funding Bill Still Leaves Union Leaders Grumbling

WASHINGTON—Congress’ literally last-minute passage of a $11 billion bill to fund highway, bridge and mass transit projects through next May still left union leaders grumbling. That’s because the lawmakers did nothing to solve the permanent problems of the Highway Trust Fund, whose gas tax revenues ordinarily fuel the projects. The fund was running out of money, thus threatening to idle 700,000 construction workers at the height of construction season, when lawmakers acted. And solons found the funds elsewhere, thus “kicking the can down the road” before leaving August 1 for their month-long recess.

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Lawmakers Rewrite Nation’s Job Training Programs

In a rare show of congressional cooperation, lawmakers rewrote many of the nation’s job training programs, with a 415-6 House vote in early July sending the Workforce Investment Act bill to Democratic President Barack Obama for his signature.

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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 Dems to Obama’s Trade Rep: Write Enforceable Labor Rights into Trans-Pacific Pact

WASHINGTON –The controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact must include enforceable labor rights in its text, an overwhelming majority of House Democrats told the Obama administration’s U.S. Trade Representative on May 29.  And even if it does, the leaders of the group say, the TPP still faces tough sledding on Capitol Hill. The warning drew high praise from Communications Workers […]

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Unions Laud Passage of Water and Sewer Projects Bill

WASHINGTON– Saying that Congress finally did something to help create U.S. jobs, unions lauded congressional passage of a comprehensive water-and-sewer projects bill.  The House approved it on May 20, 412-4, and the Senate OKd it on May 22, 91-7. All 11 “no” votes came from Republicans: Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Tim Huelskamp (Kansas) and Matt Salmon, (Ariz.), […]

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