Stories by Carolyn Phenicie:
Dec. 12, 2014
Patty Murray confirmed Friday that she plans to succeed Tom Harkin as the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee next year, where she is expected to play a prominent role defending the health care law and trying to forge compromises on stalled education policy.
Dec. 3, 2014
Even without the expected Republican deluge of oversight and appropriations riders, the National Labor Relations Board is in a period of turmoil.
Dec. 3, 2014
The new Republican-controlled Congress is expected to take a pro-business approach to labor issues, including trying to rein in what GOP leaders consider an activist National Labor Relations Board and perhaps blocking some of its decisions.
Aug. 20, 2014
Americans are increasingly uncomfortable with the current federal role in public education, according to a poll released Wednesday.
July 30, 2014
Each state sets its own laws regarding teachers unions, and the laws vary widely, not only on whether teachers may be forced to pay union dues. They vary on whether and on what issues a union may collectively bargain and whether unions may call strikes.
July 30, 2014
Two sets of lawsuits currently moving through the courts have the potential to upend the way teachers unions operate, first in California and potentially across the country.
July 23, 2014
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to shake up the E-Rate program of federal subsidies for Internet service in public schools and libraries has only partly been successful — his FCC colleagues have agreed to make more money available for Wi-Fi, as Wheeler proposed in June, but only if the money isn’t needed for basic Internet connections.
June 28, 2013
A House Oversight and Government Reform markup devolved into partisan bickering Friday, as Republicans on the panel ruled that Lois Lerner, the embattled IRS employee at the center of the tea party targeting scandal, waived her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination after she made an opening statement to the committee.
May 9, 2013
As a Senate panel kicked off what could be weeks of meetings to work through a bipartisan overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws Thursday, there were no shortage of interested observers, including Sen. Marco Rubio.
April 10, 2013
The Postal Service’s decision to put on hold its plan to restrict regular mail delivery to five days a week has drawn the ire of a congressional overseer.
March 19, 2013
Committee chairmen and ranking members were a united bipartisan front two weeks ago when, testifying one after another, they told the House Administration Committee that steep cuts to their panel budgets would severely hinder their work on behalf of the people they serve.
Feb. 6, 2013
Fiscal conservatives applauded the U.S. Postal Service’s announcement today that it will eliminate Saturday delivery of first-class mail — but not packages — beginning in August, but two key senators panned it.