The House’s Spending Plan Will Harm Millions

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By Kandace Watkins, National Women’s Law Center On June 24, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services funding bill, announcing that the proposed “[l]egislation will rein in damaging regulatory overreach, roll back harmful ObamaCare...
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The President’s Schizophrenia on the Working Class

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By Rena Steinzor and Matt Shudtz, Center for Progressive Reform President Obama’s approval rating is up to 50 percent for the first time in two years after a stellar period of national reconciliation and the safeguarding of Obamacare, his signature, and truly momentous, achievement.  The...
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Michigan v. EPA: Are Mercury Protections Worthwhile? We Know the Answer

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By Sanjay Narayan, Sierra Club Monday’s Supreme Court decision in Michigan v. EPA, siding with industry challengers to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, is bad news, for all the obvious reasons: the Standards save thousands of lives and prevent a host of...
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What the New Proposed Overtime Rules Mean for Workers

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By Ross Eisenbrey, Economic Policy Institute In 2014, President Obama directed the Department of Labor to update the threshold under which all workers are eligible for overtime pay. Today, the Department of Labor announced that it will raise the overtime salary threshold from $23,660 to $50,440...
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Majority of Workers Who Will Benefit from Updated Overtime Rules are Women

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By Caroline Fredrickson, Economic Policy Institute A lot has changed since 1975. The Soviet Union collapsed, we fought (and are fighting still) several wars in the Middle East, same-sex marriage is now legal across the United States, we have our first African-American President, we have the...
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The Supreme Court Gives Power Plants a Mercury Break

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By Thomas McGarity, Center for Progressive Reform Yesterday, the Supreme Court in Michigan v. EPA threw out EPA’s regulations protecting the American public from mercury and other hazardous emissions of power plants. In another instance of judicial activism by the Roberts court, the majority...
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Bad Policies Should Not Get a Free “Ride” on Spending Bills

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By Celia Wexler, Union of Concerned Scientists I try hard not to be cynical about Congress. I believe that in the House and Senate, many men and women of good will and their staffs work hard to advance policies that they believe will benefit the people they represent. Our elected...
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Industry-Sponsored Poll Findings Demonstrate the Importance of Question Wording

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By Grace McRae, Sierra Club Last week, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released partial results of a poll they commissioned to gauge public opinion about the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new ozone standards. The headline of their press release, “More Americans...
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An Updated Analysis of Who Would Benefit from an Increased Overtime Salary Threshold

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By Ross Eisenbrey and Will Kimball, Economic Policy Institute If salaried employees are paid less than the overtime salary threshold  (currently $23,660 in annual salary), they are entitled to overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours in a week. If however, they make more than the salary...
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Pennsylvania Residents Near Fracking Sites Report Health Problems

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Amanda Frank, Center for Effective Government Last week, Food & Water Watch released the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s log of health complaints from communities living near fracking sites. The logs include many of the health complaints that critiques have linked to fracking for yea...
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A Victory for Americans’ Safety: Senate Rejects Proposal that Would Have Crippled the National Weather Service

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By Daniel D’Arcy, Center for Effective Government As a college undergraduate, I majored in meteorology. When you walk into your first college meteorology class, you ask your classmates two questions: 1) Which weather event made you want to be a meteorologist? 2) Do you want to be a...
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FEMA, Floodplains and Fish: Why the National Flood Insurance Program Must Protect Floodplains to Improve Public Safety and Safeguard Endangered Species

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By Monty Schmitt, Natural Resources Defense Council The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is mostly viewed as a way of providing assistance to property owners to rebuild in the wake of a flood. But the program has always been intended to do more. Established in 1968, the goal of the...
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