Tag Archives: Unemployment

Crumbling US infrastructure a missed opportunity for jobs, renewal (MSNBC)

June 12, 2012

“It’s not only roads, it’s not only bridges, it’s not only water systems, it’s mass transportation. It is rail. China is building high-speed rail all over the place. We are not… we have an enormous amount of work that is ready to go right now & it is beyond comprehension that our Republican friends will not support infrastructure legislation.”

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“Despair Is Not an Option” (Progressive Magazine)

December 21, 2011

By Sen. Bernie Sanders Today in America, the great middle class of our country, the middle class that has been the envy of the entire world, is collapsing, poverty is increasing, while the wealthiest people in this country have never had it so good. As a result of the greed, the recklessness, and the illegal […]

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Senate Wraps Up Business for the Year, Ball Now in House’s Court (Roll Call)

December 17, 2011

By Meredith Shiner The Senate concluded its legislative work for the year today, approving a sweeping omnibus bill and legislation to extend a payroll tax holiday, unemployment benefits and the Medicare “doc fix,” in addition to a disaster relief bill. The Senate approved the full-year appropriations bill, which passed the House Friday, 67-32. The legislation […]

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Senate OKs Two More Months For Payroll Tax Cut (NPR News)

By David Welna The U.S. Senate wrapped up a tumultuous year of divided government with votes that keep the federal government funded through September and extend expiring unemployment benefits and a payroll tax cut another two months. In a rare Saturday year-end session, the Senate’s action averted a shutdown but was not the last word […]

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Sen. Sanders Constitutional Amendment (MSNBC)

December 15, 2011

Watch Bernie discuss his Republican obstructionism with Ed Schultz on MSNBC.

“I think the Democrats have got to be aggressive in taking the case to the American people & say enough is enough. It is the middle class, it is the working class, that needs tax breaks, not the wealthiest people in this country. At some point you are going to have to draw a line in the sand.”

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Keystone pipeline as GOP poison pill (Salon.com)

December 8, 2011

By Alyssa Battistoni Ever since the Obama administration announced it would delay its final decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline until 2013, Republicans in Congress have been plotting ways to get around the lengthier review process ordered by the president, which would include a rigorous assessment of health and environmental impacts by the State […]

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