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Middle-Class Home Ownership Must Be a Bipartisan Priority | Commentary

In recent years, the dialogue on Capitol Hill has been dominated by a debate about the economic well-being of the middle class. Years of sluggish growth, widening inequality and a deep sense that the nation’s global economic leadership is slipping have rightfully focused the public, policymakers’ and media attention on middle-class economic concerns.

Social Media Innovations in Congress Add to Transparency and Accountability | Commentary

A member of Congress answering letters from constituents via YouTube, another staging a Facebook photo contest on the polluted waterways in his state and a senator candidly sharing on Twitter his recovery from a stroke. These were some of the outstanding practices which won the Congressional Management Foundation’s first Gold Mouse Awards for Social Media.

House Will Push Back Votes on More Permanent Tax Credits

The House, which passed one permanent extension of an expired business tax break, will delay any action on other so-called extenders until at least June following the demise this week of the Senate’s two-year tax break patch.

Republican Online Gambling Ban Sets a Dangerous Precedent for States' Rights | Commentary

Should lawmakers in Washington override state laws and impose their values on the states? Some members of Congress seem to think so, and they are trying to impose a retroactive federal ban on Internet gambling, including in three states that have already legalized the activity. Not only does the proposal trample states’ rights, it will fail to eliminate illegal online gambling while making consumers less safe online, eliminating millions of dollars in tax revenue for states, and favoring a special interest. It is also based on a blatant misrepresentation of existing law.

A Lesson in Fairness From My Mother | Commentary

When I consider issues in Washington, I regularly call on the wisdom and advice my mother gave Carl, my sister and me over the years. She taught us of hard work and persistence, she taught us of the sacrifices that mothers make for children and for our country, and she taught us of fairness.

Bringing Mobile Broadband to Rural Americans | Commentary

In 2012, Congress passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. One of its key goals was to ensure that American consumers get access to the spectrum they need. As the Federal Communications Commission finalizes its design for the Incentive Auction that will buy back 600 megahertz spectrum from broadcasters in order to sell it to providers of mobile broadband, members of Congress continue to express intense interest in the auction. Recent letters from both sides of the aisle encourage the FCC to conduct an auction equally open to all participants.

C-J-S Bill Advances After Democratic Gun Provisions Turned Aside

House appropriators advanced a measure Thursday to fund the Justice and Commerce departments, along with science agencies, after endorsing a GOP gun proposal and sidelining a series of Democratic firearm policy amendments.

Address Patent Flaws or Face the Economic Consequences | Commentary

The U.S. became the world’s largest economy, in part, because its policies supported innovation and entrepreneurship. From Thomas Edison to Steve Jobs, U.S. entrepreneurs invented many of the innovations that drove the 20th century global economy, with patents playing an indispensable role in this innovation process — which may explain the prolonged push for congressional patent reform.

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Manufacturing's Comeback: Numbers Fabricate a Complicated-Yet-Rosy Outlook

American manufacturing hit an important milestone in April, when the Commerce Department reported that the sector had recovered all the value lost in the recession.

The Economy Needs Bitcoin | Commentary

A failure to adopt bitcoin will rob our nation of future economic growth and job creation. This fundamental fact should spur Congress to understand this new currency and create a bright line regulatory environment.

It's Time To Level The Playing Field For Main Street Businesses | Commentary

Small-business owners like myself have for years urged Congress to create a level playing field that will allow us to compete with our online-only competitors. One year ago this week, the Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation that would accomplish this goal, and we’re counting on the Republican-led House of Representatives to do the same.

A Big Win for American Manufacturers | Commentary

Right now, we send millions of dollars — and potentially American jobs — overseas when we purchase footwear for the brave men and women serving our country. But Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine H. Fox recently called me to let me know about a shift in Department of Defense policy as it relates to the procurement of athletic footwear for our service members — and the decision is nothing short of a huge win for American manufacturers.

DATA Act Is a Victory for Open Government | Commentary

Recently, in a victory for open data, both chambers of Congress passed with bipartisan support the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. The bill now heads to the White House for President Barack Obama’s signature. The DATA Act would drastically improve the public’s access to federal spending data by expanding the universe of information the government is required to post online and creating government-wide financial data standards.

End the Export-Import Bank | Commentary

The American economy couldn’t survive without the Export-Import Bank. At least, that’s what the Bank and its supporters claim. Created in 1934, it “facilitate[es] the export” of our country’s “goods and services.” It “ensures a level playing field for U.S. exports in the global marketplace.” And like every good bureaucracy, it “supports jobs.”

Congress Doesn't Deserve an Obamacare Exemption | Commentary

Americans across the country have been forced into the Obamacare exchanges. They’ve lost the coverage they liked, they’ve seen their premiums skyrocket and they’re finding it hard to enroll in anything new. But what makes this even worse is that their representatives in Congress can’t completely relate. While all of this is going on outside of Washington, insiders in Congress and the administration carved out a special exemption and subsidy for themselves. They decreased their own Obamacare burden but didn’t do the same for their constituents.

Medical Spending Surges With Health Law Sign-Ups

Health care spending surged 9.9 percent during the first quarter of 2014 as people who gained insurance coverage under the health care law apparently began using more medical services, the government said today.

In Showdown With Lerner, House Imprisonment Not Out of the Question

Former tax official Lois Lerner’s confrontation with Congress over a potential contempt citation may get emphatically more dramatic, depending on how far back into congressional history House Republicans want to reach.

Beer Industry Numbers Tell the Story of Effective Laws | Commentary

When it comes to regulating beer in America, numbers tell the story.

218: Reports: Michael Grimm Arrested Monday

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218: House Gears Up for Lois Lerner Contempt Vote

House Republicans will vote to hold IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress next month unless she agrees to testify before an oversight panel, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia wrote in a Friday memo to colleagues.

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