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David Harrison


David Harrison covers immigration, labor, retirement security and other social policy beats. Before joining CQ Roll Call in April 2011, he worked at Stateline and at the Roanoke Times in Virginia, where he contributed to the newspaper's coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007. He is a graduate of Carleton College and George Washington University, where he earned a master's degree in public policy.

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Amtrak Looks for Balance Between Serving Northeast Corridor, the Rest of the Country

Sept. 15, 2014

A traveler wishing to ride the rails in Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor between Washington, D.C., and Boston can choose from dozens of trains per day. Anyone wishing to ride the Sunset Limited from New Orleans to Los Angeles, however, has more limited options: There’s one train on Monday, one on Wednesday and one on Saturday.

Road Closed to Investor Cash for Infrastructure Funding

July 28, 2014

Pension funds are slowly starting to take a look at investing in infrastructure projects, raising hopes among transportation advocates and lawmakers that the country’s roads and bridges could see an infusion of private cash.

Advocates See Hope in Plan to Raise Federal Gas Tax To Keep Highway Trust Fund Going

July 14, 2014

Raising the federal gasoline tax has been a goal of many transportation policy and industry analysts, though they sometimes roll their eyes when they talk about it or smile ruefully. One lobbyist describes it as a glowing ember, carefully nurtured for years in the hopes that it could someday spark a change.

GOP Plan to Save Highway Trust Fund May Win By Default

July 9, 2014

The House Republican plan to prevent, through the middle of next year, the looming insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund is drawing grumbles from both the left and the right, but there is increasing recognition that Congress has little choice but to enact it, or something like it.

Uncertain Future for Next Week's Highway Trust Fund Extension Vote

July 9, 2014

House GOP leadership is prepared to push ahead on legislation to save the Highway Trust Fund from looming insolvency, with a vote expected on the chamber floor next week.

Conservatives See Highway Trust Fund Fight as Road to State Control of Transportation Spending

June 23, 2014

Conservative groups and Republican lawmakers want to revive a policy debate over the federal role in transportation policy as Congress gets ready to debate a long-term reauthorization of highway and transit programs.

House GOP Drops Postal Rescue for Highway Fund

June 13, 2014

House leaders are setting aside a plan to finance a short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund with cutbacks in U.S. Postal Service operations after a late barrage of opposition from rank-and-file members.

Solutions to Highway Fund Shortfall in the Slow Lane

June 9, 2014

Congress is once more setting itself up for a last-minute funding crisis, set to hit right before lawmakers take off for their August recess.

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

May 7, 2014

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.

History Shows Overtime Pay Protections Are Disconnected From Employer Hiring

March 26, 2014

The Obama administration’s initiative to expand overtime pay protections may present tough choices for businesses, but several economic studies suggest companies won’t respond with new hiring.

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

March 26, 2014

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.

Expanded EITC May Offer New Lessons in Labor Economics

March 5, 2014

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 country’s widening income gap.

New York Provides EITC Test Case

March 5, 2014

Obama administration staffers working on the president’s 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.

As 'Retirement Gap' Concerns Reach Across Partisan Divide, Senators Propose Savings Solutions

Feb. 12, 2014

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 president’s new reliance on executive authority to push his agenda, they had few harsh words about the details of the retirement idea.

Solutions to the Retirement Problem, Compared

Feb. 12, 2014

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.

Healthy Job Growth Comes in Health Care, Mining

Dec. 11, 2013

Looking for a new career? In these challenging times, with an economy crawling toward a recovery, the latest jobs report should point to a few areas where jobs are plentiful.

State, Local Hiring Are Finally Joining the Recovery

Dec. 11, 2013

The latest employment numbers show a job market that is still in slow recovery, but one underlying trend suggests the economy may have finally turned a corner, raising hopes for broader improvement in 2014.

Legal Case on Appointments May Reach Beyond NLRB

Oct. 30, 2013

Much of the recent uproar over the National Labor Relations Board comes from three recess appointments President Barack Obama made that Republicans have decried as illegal.

For the NLRB, Confirmation Peace May Be Fleeting

Oct. 30, 2013

The Senate’s vote to confirm Richard Griffin as the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel this week brought the board its first full slate of appointees in a decade. Democrats and labor advocates, worn down by years of political skirmishes over the NLRB, hailed Tuesday’s vote as the end of a difficult chapter in the board’s 78-year history.

Finding Employment Data Has Turned Into Work

Oct. 9, 2013

The government shutdown may have prevented the Bureau of Labor Statistics from releasing its regular monthly trove of employment data last week, but that doesn’t mean all windows on the labor market are closed.

Hourly Mandate Prompts a Full-Time Work Debate

Oct. 9, 2013

For opponents of the 2010 health care law, this has become one of the most popular talking points: The mandates on business will force Americans out of full-time jobs and into part-time work.

GOP Leery of Labor's Push for a Health Care Law Fix

Sept. 11, 2013

A simmering conflict between organized labor and the Obama administration over the 2010 health care law could drive a wedge between the White House and one of its most reliable backers. Congressional Republicans, on the other hand, are eager to expose the divide and warn the administration they will firmly oppose any attempt to acquiesce to labor’s concerns.

Health Care Plan Dispute Complicates AFL-CIO's Goals

Sept. 11, 2013

The labor debate over the 2010 health care law comes at an awkward moment, when the AFL-CIO is trying to broaden its reach and join with other left-leaning groups to be more effective at countering conservative movements steeped in the tea party.

Evangelicals Announce Ad Buy Urging Republicans to Back Immigration Overhaul

Aug. 20, 2013

A coalition of evangelical groups plans to spend $400,000 advertising on Christian radio stations to call on Congress to pass a broad immigration overhaul that would grant citizenship to many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country.

'Border Surge' Amendment Attracts More GOP Support for Senate Immigration Bill

June 20, 2013

The Senate immigration bill got a boost Thursday, when a bipartisan group of lawmakers agreed to a “border surge” amendment that would double the number of border agents and spend $3.2 billion on equipment to seal off the southern border.

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