| March 7, 2014, 1:25 p.m.
As appropriators try to build on the accord they reached in the $1.1 trillion omnibus while working on fiscal 2015 spending plans, some observers already are questioning whether the largest nondefense spending bill, Labor-HHS-Education, can be completed as a stand-alone measure in a steeply divided Congress.
| March 7, 2014, 1:23 p.m.
The prospects for a Labor-HHS-Education spending bill will depend a great deal on the determination and involvement of two subcommittee chairmen, Sen. Tom Harkin and Rep. Jack Kingston, who both are heading for the exit door at the end of the year.
| March 5, 2014, 4:48 p.m.
The White House decision to include an expansion of the earned income tax credit in its fiscal 2015 budget proposal added to the growing attention the credit has gained this year as lawmakers and policymakers search for ways to address the countryís widening income gap.
| March 5, 2014, 4:47 p.m.
Obama administration staffers working on the presidentís proposal to double the earned income tax credit availability to single childless workers could take a lesson from New York City, which last year launched a pilot program to do just that.
| Feb. 28, 2014, 5 a.m.
According to recent reports from both the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the Congressional Budget Office, the federal student loan program will continue to turn a profit through at least 2024. The GAO reports that federal student loans originated between 2007 and 2012 will bring in $66 billion in revenue for the federal government, while the CBO projects that student loan interest revenue will result in an additional $9 billion in profit over 10 years.
| Feb. 12, 2014, 5:39 p.m.
It can be hard to keep track of all the various retirement security proposals proposed by lawmakers and think tanks over the past few years. Here is a list of a few of the major aspects of some of the proposals.
| Feb. 12, 2014, 5:09 p.m.
In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proclaimed, ďWe can help Americans return to the workforce faster by reforming unemployment insurance so that itís more effective in todayís economy.Ē
| Feb. 12, 2014, 4:48 p.m.
When President Barack Obama introduced a new retirement savings plan during his State of the Union speech last month, the Republican response was uncharacteristically muted. Although Republicans were upset about the presidentís new reliance on executive authority to push his agenda, they had few harsh words about the details of the retirement idea.
| Feb. 12, 2014, 5 a.m.
Now more than ever, employee-ownership can help address the serious and growing inequities for American workers through secure retirement accounts and opportunity for upward mobility.
| Feb. 12, 2014, 5 a.m.
There are several signs in the House of Representatives that indicate that members of Congress are taking seriously the call to create quality employment for Americans. This is a good thing and something of which we need to see more, especially with 50 million Americans still living in poverty and another 100 million living in low income. With record income inequality in this country, furthermore, we clearly have some work to do.
| Feb. 10, 2014, 3:11 p.m.
Among the many recommendations to the White House for how it could have better handled the rollout of its HealthCare.gov website was a public declaration by eight Democratic senators suggesting that established entities and companies with relevant expertise should have played a larger role in the process. In other words, the federal government shouldnít try to reinvent the wheel when much of what itís trying to accomplish already exists. Still, this is a mistake many fear will be repeated as the administration introduces its college ratings plan.
| Feb. 10, 2014, 11:12 a.m.
President Barack Obamaís State of the Union address offered a grab bag of specifically vague ideas and predictable plaudits but the common thread woven through his remarks was that of inequality. Between his arguments surrounding entry level wages, real income and his plan to unilaterally raise the minimum wage in federal contracts without the involvement of Congress, the undercurrent of income inequality ebbed and flowed throughout his speech.
| Feb. 7, 2014, 3:54 p.m.
Can Washington, D.C., allocate its newfound wealth to defray college costs for some of its poorest high-school students without provoking Congress to cut federal scholarship funds?
| Feb. 6, 2014, 5 a.m.
President Barack Obama told the American people during the State of the Union that a revised corporate tax code would make the decision easier for more companies to add jobs. But what the administration and many in Congress do not understand is that not all American manufacturers looks alike. Taking a one-size-fits-all approach to taxing corporate America will leave many industries spending more in taxes and less in salaries.
| Feb. 4, 2014, 5 a.m.
People who have been without work for a long period of time are hurting. Even the most tenacious job seeker becomes discouraged over time, and their skills inevitably erode. The longer you are out of a job, the less attractive you become to employers, who wonder why you cannot find work. It is a vicious cycle, and your ability to support yourself and your family deteriorates.
| Feb. 3, 2014, 5 a.m.
In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called on Congress to increase the minimum wage and pass Sen. Tom Harkinís and Rep. George Millerís bill, but he missed an opportunity to move the conversation beyond a narrow debate on wages and into a substantive discussion on meaningful policies that will actually close the income gap and strengthen the middle class.
| Jan. 31, 2014, 1:46 p.m.
A little more than five years ago, after years of fighting for the rights of those demanding pay equality, we stood together at the White House watching President Barack Obama take a historic step in protecting American workers when he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This law restored the rights of employees to have their day in court for ongoing wage discrimination taken away by the Supreme Court in the Ledbetter v. Goodyear case.
| Jan. 31, 2014, 12:21 p.m.
Lawmakers could intensify debate on a historic attempt by Northwestern University football players to become the first college athletes to unionize, from holding highly visible Capitol Hill hearings to potentially expanding federal labor laws to protect the rights of student-athletes.
| Jan. 29, 2014, 4:56 p.m.
A tough partisan fight is developing over how best to meet the needs of part-time workers in light of the 30-hour workweek threshold for employer-mandated health care.
| Jan. 29, 2014, 4:46 p.m.
Liberal Democrats are looking to beef up benefits for part-time workers who face hurdles in finding full-time gigs in a sluggish economy.