by Peter Urban | Dec 15, 2017 4:11pm
Posted to: Business | US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Civil Liberties | Congress | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | DC News Junkie | Education | Media Matters | White House | Newtown | Technology sector
The House Education and Workforce Committee met over a span of 11 hours on Tuesday as Democrats sought to block approval of a Republican-sponsored bill that Representative Joe Courtney described as taking a “wrecking ball” to higher education.
In the end, Republicans passed their bill 23-17 with no Democrats in support, putting in jeopardy a popular student loan forgiveness program and leaving in place a prohibition on refinance federal student loans to a lower rate.
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by Jack Kramer | Mar 1, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Congress | Health Care | Immigration | Insurance | White House
WASHINGTON — Two experts on relations between presidents and Congress gave Republican President Donald Trump good grades for his first speech Tuesday, and both agreed Democrats made the night tense.
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by Sarah Darer Littman | Nov 12, 2015 5:23pm
Posted to: International Trade | Congress | Jobs | Labor | Opinion
While millions of SuperPAC dollars are being spent to convince voters that job losses in Connecticut are all the fault of greedy unions and high taxation, I’d like to draw your attention to the “man behind the curtain” — a program they’d rather we don’t look at, which has contributed to a loss of thousands of jobs in our state and depressed middle class incomes: namely, H1B visas being used by outsourcing companies to export American jobs.
Continue reading "OP-ED | Pay Attention To the Man Behind the Curtain - It’s Time for H1B Visa Reform" »
by Patty McQueen | Nov 5, 2015 10:00am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Congress | Economic Development | The Economy | Opinion | White House
In the south central Cuba, where giant sugar plantations once dominated the landscape, vendors make a living today selling hand crocheted and embroidered clothing and linens, carved wooden jewelry and gifts, like dolls that flip over, one side light-skinned and on the other side, dark, and model American cars shaped from soda cans.
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by Jordan Fenster | Oct 5, 2015 10:30am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Congress | White House
Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal is among a group of senate Democrats pushing a bill that would increase oversight of Iran’s nuclear development program and increase military assistance to Israel.
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by Christine Stuart | Sep 8, 2015 11:09am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Congress | Public Safety | White House
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is no longer on the fence regarding the nuclear deal with Iran. “While this is not the agreement I would have accepted at the negotiating table, it is better than no deal at all,” Blumenthal said Tuesday.
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by Jordan Fenster | Jul 15, 2015 4:30am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Congress | Military Spending | White House
While they praised the long-term diplomacy that brought the United States and Iran to a deal on nuclear weapons, members of Connecticut’s Washington delegation said more review is necessary before Congress grants its approval.
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by Cara Rosner | Jun 23, 2015 1:43pm
Posted to: Business | International Trade | Congress | White House
As Congress moves toward “fast-tracking” approval of large international trade bills, a growing number of Connecticut companies are exporting products to other countries, according to a recent survey by the Connecticut Business & Industry Association.
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