| April 9, 2014, 4:35 p.m.
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.
| April 9, 2014, 4:35 p.m.
Congressional Republicans who support the administrationís free-trade agenda are pleading for President Barack Obama to make the issue a top priority.
| April 9, 2014, 6 a.m.
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.
| April 8, 2014, 10:49 a.m.
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.
| April 8, 2014, 10:14 a.m.
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.
| April 8, 2014, 5:30 a.m.
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.
| April 3, 2014, 5:47 p.m.
The bipartisan five-month unemployment insurance extension pending in the Senate appears to be driving a wedge between segments of the House Republican Conference.
| April 2, 2014, 6:23 p.m.
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.
| April 2, 2014, 5 a.m.
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.
| March 26, 2014, 4:01 p.m.
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.
| March 26, 2014, 4 p.m.
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.
| March 26, 2014, 5 a.m.
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.
| March 25, 2014, 3:06 p.m.
The American economy needs a shot in the arm: The Congressional Budget Officeís bleak forecast emphasized as much last month.
| March 21, 2014, 6 p.m.
Senate Democrats are forging ahead with a bipartisan bill extending emergency unemployment insurance benefits, despite Speaker John A. Boehner slamming it as unworkable.
| March 19, 2014, 5 a.m.
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.
| March 17, 2014, 8:03 p.m.
The rising cost of college is unduly influencing our nationís future.
| March 11, 2014, 5 a.m.
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.
| March 7, 2014, 2:14 p.m.
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.
| 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.