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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus emerged from a meeting with Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday afternoon sticking to their hope that the House could pass a comprehensive immigration bill.
Republicans are preparing a border security amendment to the bipartisan Senate immigration bill and plan to release it as early as next week.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy and ranking Republican Charles E. Grassley sparred at the opening of Monday’s hearing on immigration changes over how the Boston Marathon bombings might affect the legislation.
In a jovial, almost giddy news conference Thursday, the bipartisan group of eight senators behind a comprehensive immigration bill formally introduced their proposal and expressed great confidence that they would succeed in steering it to the president’s desk.
Bipartisan immigration overhaul legislation may not be released until at least Wednesday out of respect for the tragic events that took place during the Boston Marathon on Monday.
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday pushed back a hearing on immigration until later this week and added another one for early next week, bowing to Republican requests.
Sen. Marco Rubio sought to reassure conservatives Sunday that the bipartisan immigration bill he and seven other senators are expecting to unveil on Tuesday would not provide “amnesty” for the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants thought to be living in the United States.
The bipartisan Senate group working on immigration legislation blew yet another deadline Wednesday when Republican members did not deliver an anticipated briefing to their colleagues during a GOP Steering Committee lunch meeting. Members of the group insisted afterward that they are on track to deliver a bill this week or next.
Members of the bipartisan Senate group working on a sweeping immigration bill said they were rushing to introduce a bill as early as possible, with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., suggesting that the measure could be wrapped up by the end of this week.
President Barack Obama on Monday renewed pressure on congressional negotiators to deliver on an immigration overhaul.
Talks led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO over a new guest-worker program for lower-skilled immigrants are stalled, prompting members of the bipartisan group of eight senators to get personally involved to try to nudge the negotiations toward a resolution.
Since his retirement savings bill passed the California Legislature last fall, state Sen. Kevin de León has found himself the darling of the think tank crowd. He’s also been jetting back and forth to Washington, D.C., raising his national profile and prompting speculation about a run for higher office.