Jul 23, 2013 Newsletter
With two weeks to go in its July work schedule, the conservative House majority has, just since July 4, blocked funding for food stamps, refused to consider the Senate-passed comprehensive immigration reform bill, and locked in harmful cuts to U.S. elementary and secondary schools. It’s an astonishing track record, and the month isn’t over yet. In the stories below, I cover those issues and also the Supreme Court’s decisions on gay marriage and the Voting Rights Act; my introduction of the “Flexibility for Working Families Act” and the “Fair Access to Co-Ops for Veterans Act”; and an award I was honored to receive from the Consumer Federation of America for my work on credit card reforms.
May 27, 2013 Newsletter
As we celebrate this year’s commemoration of our nation’s war dead, more and more of our brave young men and women are returning home from the war in Afghanistan, or have already left the service after serving in Iraq. Now more than ever, it is essential that veterans get the benefits and services they've earned in our nation’s service.
On Wednesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on which I serve, conducted its own hearing on the IRS mess (following on the heels of a similar hearing held by the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee earlier this week and the House Ways& Means Committee last Friday).
The bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon yesterday are a sad reminder that tragedy can strike at any time and any place. The source of these bombs is still not known, but their orchestration and timing suggest a premeditated desire to do as much damage as possible. And serious damage was done. At this writing, less than 24 hours after the bombings, three have died; over 100 are hospitalized; many were maimed.
Feb 18, 2013 Newsletter
Happy Presidents’ Day! Last week’s State of The Union address by President Obama to a Joint Session of Congress contained much to inspire New Yorkers. The President’s call to help build a thriving middle class was spot on. We must do everything we can to accelerate our economic recovery-- and build on the last 35 consecutive months of private-sector job growth.
Jan 22, 2013 Newsletter
President Obama’s second inaugural yesterday was a very special event. I was proud to attend the swearing-in with my daughters, enjoying the relatively mild weather and the spectacle of a crowd size that surprised even organizers (before yesterday, estimates were that 600,000 - 800,000 would attend, and actual estimates were that 1,000,000 observed the event.
Jan 17, 2013 Newsletter
The jobs report for the month of December brought welcome news: the 34th straight month of private-sector job growth. And last month, the Federal Reserve announced that it will continue its low interest rate policies to encourage economic expansion until the unemployment rate is driven down to 6.5%.
Jan 2, 2013 Newsletter
E-NEWSLETTER ~ January 2, 2013
I hope the New Year finds you and your loved ones happy and healthy.