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Republican Myths about the Impact of the Affordable Care Act on State Budgets

In their efforts to repeal and defund the Affordable Care Act, Republicans continue to make false claims about the impact of the law on federal and state budgets, the economy, and our current health care system.  They ignore nonpartisan analysis from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which found the cost to be tens of billions…

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Republican Myths about Costs of the Affordable Care Act

In their efforts to repeal and defund the Affordable Care Act, Republicans continue to make false claims about the impact of the law on federal and state budgets, the economy, and the health care system.  They ignore nonpartisan analysis from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and other independent experts and instead concoct arguments based on…

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Fact Sheet: House Republicans’ CR Slashes Investments in Jobs, Security and Education

Slashes Funding for Social Security Administration, Meaning Delays for Seniors and Disabled Americans Awaiting Benefits. The House bill cut funding for the Social Security Administration, meaning half a million Americans who are legally entitled to benefits and would otherwise have received them will instead be waiting for them. Slashes Title I Education Funding, Putting 1…

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Trade Adjustment Assistance

Without swift Congressional action, the expanded Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program will expire on February 12, leaving hundreds of thousands of hardworking Americans and their families cut off from the assistance and job training they need to help them get back on their feet after their jobs have been shipped overseas.  TAA provides benefits and…

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Judicial Vacancy Crisis

Judicial vacancies in our federal courts are reaching historic highs.  There are currently 104 vacancies on federal district and circuit courts, forty-nine of which are determined to be judicial emergencies by the non-partisan Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, which means there are simply not enough judges on the bench to do the work of…

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Republicans’ Irresponsible Debt Ceiling Proposal

This week, Sen. Pat Toomey introduced S.163, an irresponsible bill regarding the debt ceiling that he previewed in a Wall Street Journal op-ed last week. In the House, a companion bill is being touted by the Republican Study Committee, the same group of House Republicans that earlier this month proposed draconian budget cuts that would…

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China Trade

Over the last two decades, the manufacturing base of the United States has shed hundreds of thousands of jobs in states across the country.  A bipartisan and ideologically diverse group of economists have suggested that this is in large part due to unfair trade practices, substantially on the part of the Chinese.  These practices range…

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The Benefits of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act (State-by-State Fact Sheets)

On December 17, 2010, the President signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act (H.R.4853;P.L. 111-312) into law.  This legislation extends tax cuts for America’s middle class and a wide range of individuals and businesses that would have otherwise expired at the end of this month. For information provided by the White…

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The Environmental Provisions Included in the America’s Great Outdoors Act

In the coming days, the Senate may consider the America’s Great Outdoors Act of 2010. This legislation is the product of the bipartisan work of four Senate committees (Commerce, Environment and Public Works, Indian Affairs, and Energy and Natural Resources) that have favorably reported a variety of bipartisan ocean, wildlife, tribal, and natural resource bills…

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Senate Republicans on Earmarks: Hypocrisy and Misplaced Priorities

This week, the Senate will consider an Omnibus appropriations bill[1] necessary to prevent a shutdown of the federal government.  This legislation also includes Congressionally-directed funding that directly benefits thousands of communities and millions of Americans in all fifty states. Even though Republican Senators have historically been among the strongest and most vocal champions of such…

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