Tag Archives: US Congress

New Report Underscores Massive Tax Giveaways to Private Jet Set

The private jet industry spent $56 million dollars to lobby Congress to save more than $1 billion in taxes for America’s most affluent fliers, says a new report released by the IPS.

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How Congress Can Make DACA Even Better

Congress has an opportunity to build on DACA's success. An immigration expert explains how.

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A Govt. Shutdown May Delay Billions in Tax Refunds

A two-week government shutdown, if Congress and President Trump fail reach an agreement on budget, would hold up the tax refunds of roughly 2.5 million families, delaying nearly $8 billion in refunds.

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Total Cost of 2016 US Election May Reach $6.6b

Presidential candidates spent over $1.13 billion, compared to $913 million at this point in 2012. House candidates spent $71 million less this year, and Senate candidates spent $137 million more than this point in 2012, although that number may increase when more Senate filings are processed by the FEC.

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What the GOP’s Putting Under Corporate America’s Tree

This year-end tax package is a grab bag of gifts for corporations and a lump of coal for working families.

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Personal Wealth: A Nation of Extremes, and a Congress, Too

A close look at members’ personal financial disclosure statements covering 2014 shows that Congress is a body of extremes — extreme wealth and a bit of extreme debt. Even though Congress may be a sample of particularly well-off Americans, its richest members are staggeringly wealthy — though none, so far, appear to be billionaires.

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Where Are Former Members of the 113th Congress?

Whatever the former members of the 113th have to say about their service in Congress, one thing seems pretty clear: Capitol Hill is not a bad stepping stone to future employment.

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The State of the Union 2015 – Theater, Traditions, Politics

More than just an annual address to Congress, the State of the Union is essential to framing the political debate.

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Black Leaders Matter

On MLK Day, a historian’s reminder that many generations of leaders contributed to the civil rights movement’s accomplishments.

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Here’s How to Fix America’s Crumbling Bridges

Nearly a quarter of US bridges are functionally obsolete or structurally deficient. Why does it take so long to repair a bridge? There are better ways to get these projects underway.

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