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Link Pro-Jobs Policies to a Responsible Extension of Unemployment Benefits | Commentary

Too many Americans are still struggling to find work in dismal job markets across this country. The unemployment rate remains unacceptably high at 6.7 percent and the number of Americans participating in the labor force has now dropped to levels not seen since the Carter Administration.

Unemployment Extension Deal May Hinge on Job Training Compromise

A potential agreement on a long-stalled House GOP proposal to streamline federal job training programs is emerging as a possible linchpin for a deal on a five-month extension of expired unemployment benefits.

GOP Wants More, or Less, From Obama on Trade

Congressional Republicans who support the administrationís free-trade agenda are pleading for President Barack Obama to make the issue a top priority.

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On Trade, Obama Faces a Tough Political Dance

In pursuing its lofty international trade agenda, the Obama administration has been courting labor unions, long the strongest supporters of the president but also perhaps the strongest skeptics of expanded free trade.

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GOP Considers Advancing Unemployment Extension With Jobs, Tax Provisions

House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions of Texas and other senior Republicans are pushing proposals to tie the extension of emergency unemployment insurance to jobs measures and the extension of some tax breaks in an attempt to bring the plan to the House floor.

Enough Is Enough: It's Time for a $10.10 Minimum Wage | Commentary

In an era of intense partisanship and frequent political gridlock, achieving social change sometimes requires finding a middle ground position that marks meaningful progress in advancing an important end.

Restoring Unemployment Insurance & Bipartisanship | Commentary

Millions of Americans are struggling to find work, and this week, the United States Senate finally voted 59-38 to pass a bipartisan bill to provide them some targeted, temporary relief.

Charter Schools: We Want to Break Through the Partisan Gridlock | Commentary

As strong advocates for parental school choice, we were pleased that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was open to learning about the tremendous opportunities that charter schools can offer students and families. His decision to allow continued access to high-quality charter school options will ensure that the best curriculum, programs and school performance guide where parents enroll their children in school, not their ZIP code.

Some House Republicans Press for Vote on Unemployment Extension

The bipartisan five-month unemployment insurance extension pending in the Senate appears to be driving a wedge between segments of the House Republican Conference.

Full Employment Requires Job Growth in Manufacturing, Reduction in Trade Deficit | Commentary

Though job growth over the past six months has averaged about 175,000 new jobs per month, economists agree that number isnít where it should be. Full employment, in which nearly everyone willing and able to work has the chance to do so, remains elusive.

The US-China Relationship Begins With Our Young People | Commentary

First Lady Michelle Obama recently traveled to China to promote educational exchange, and she called on young Americans ó from every background, every walk of life ó to study in China, learn Mandarin and forge friendships that will deepen cross-cultural understanding. Her message: Understanding China is a critical skill, one that all Americans must gain in order to compete, collaborate and succeed in the 21st century.

Department of Labor Will Examine Pay Threshold, Management Exemption for Overtime

It will likely be months before the Obama administration details the specific changes it plans for overtime rules, but officials are looking at making two significant shifts.

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History Shows Overtime Pay Protections Are Disconnected From Employer Hiring

The Obama administrationís initiative to expand overtime pay protections may present tough choices for businesses, but several economic studies suggest companies wonít respond with new hiring.

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Unemployment Extension Vote Not Worrying House Republicans

House Republicans say they feel little political pressure to pass a bipartisan unemployment benefits extension expected to pass the Senate in the coming days, bolstering Speaker John A. Boehnerís hand as he holds out for concessions from Democrats and the White House.

Break the Gridlock: Unbundle Startup Visa from Immigration Reform

The American economy needs a shot in the arm: The Congressional Budget Officeís bleak forecast emphasized as much last month.

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Senate Pushes Ahead on Effort to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Senate Democrats are forging ahead with a bipartisan bill extending emergency unemployment insurance benefits, despite Speaker John A. Boehner slamming it as unworkable.

American Workers Can't Wait Another Minute | Commentary

As Congress returns to Washington in a few days, no more pressing issue faces leaders in the House of Representatives than immigration reform. In 1990, Congress recognized how important immigration was to our economy and passed the Immigration Act of 1990. This law created a new visa category tied to U.S. job creation. Yet over time, the number of these visas for high-skilled workers began to fill up quickly as our innovation economy continued to grow. As a result, the limits set by Congress on high-skilled visas are preventing jobs creation in America today.

Undoing the Influence of Rising College Costs | Commentary

The rising cost of college is unduly influencing our nationís future.

Maintaining Quality and Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act | Commentary

The reauthorization of the Higher Education Act provides Congress with an ideal opportunity to streamline and clarify the relationship between the federal government and accreditation, higher educationís primary means of assuring and improving quality.

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Women of Congress Promote STEM Education, Careers

ďAll I could visualize, to be perfectly honest, was being a teacher, a social worker and a secretary,Ē said Rep. Susan A. Davis, D-Calif.

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