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Posts Tagged ‘senate’

Passage of Senate Tax Bill Will Hurt Millions of Americans

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 3 dicembre 2017

us-capitol-buildingWashington. Bread for the World today released the following statement regarding the Senate’s passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The statement can be attributed to Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World: “The tax bill passed by the Senate will hurt millions of low-income and working families. The tax cuts passed in this bill, which largely benefit high-income individuals and large corporations, will almost certainly lead to deep cuts in Medicaid, SNAP, and other programs that help people experiencing hunger and living in poverty.“The bill also repeals the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Without this mandate, 5 million of the most vulnerable Americans could lose their Medicaid coverage, according to the Congressional Budget Office.“The direct impact on middle-income families will be mixed, with most of the benefits phasing out after a few years. The bill’s proponents argue that it will create jobs, but a tax cut that goes disproportionately to high-income people is not the best way to improve the job market for low-income and working families.“Our country has made substantial progress against hunger and poverty in recent decades. But this tax legislation, in both its House and Senate versions, is a major threat to continued progress against hunger.” Bread for the World (www.bread.org) is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.

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World Jewish Congress Applauds Senate Resolution on Iraqi Jewish Archive

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 10 febbraio 2014

Rabby joelWorld Jewish Congress-US today applauded a resolution passed by the US Senate strongly recommending that the United States renegotiate the return of the Iraqi Jewish Archive to Iraq. American and Iraqi Jewish organizations seek to prevent the return of the archive, which was rescued by American authorities from the flooded cellar of Saddam’s secret police headquarters during the Iraq War.“The Senate is to be commended for recognizing that the archive, a precious legacy of Iraqi Jewry, must not be returned to Iraq at this time,” said WJC-US Chairman Rabbi Joel Meyers. “We thank Senator Toomey and the other co-sponsors of this important resolution for their hard work on this issue.”The resolution, adopted by unanimous consent, “strongly urges the Department of State to renegotiate with the Government of Iraq the provisions of the original agreement that was signed between the National Archives and Records Administration and the Coalition Provisional Authority in order to ensure that the Iraqi Jewish Archive be kept in a place where its long-term preservation and care can be guaranteed.” It also “recognizes that the Iraqi Jewish Archive should be housed in a location that is accessible to scholars and to Iraqi Jews and their descendants who have a personal interest in it.” It had 30 co-sponsors, including 18 Republicans and 12 Democrats.

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ACS Capitol Hill Briefing — Measuring Economic Growth: R&D Investments

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 gennaio 2014

washingtonWASHINGTON The American Chemical Society (ACS) Science & the Congress Project invites news media to attend a luncheon briefing on “Measuring Economic Growth: R&D Investments.” It will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Senate Russell Office Building 385. Please RSVP to http://bit.ly/1gBOIca.The briefing is sponsored by the ACS Science & the Congress Project.
To assess the size and health of the U.S. economy, economists and policymakers frequently do so by evaluating our gross domestic product (GDP). As a result of an important accounting change instituted by the Commerce Department on July 31, 2013, the economic impact of public and private scientific and engineering research and innovation (R&D) on GDP can now be better characterized. By treating R&D and creative works as investments with future payoffs, policymakers, industry leaders and government officials will be able to make better decisions on job creation, research and education priorities, and discretionary budgets. This panel will explore what better R&D measurements mean for small businesses, industry, state and national economic leaders. The briefing will feature the following panelists and an open discussion:
Moderator: Stephen Merrill, Ph.D., The National Academies, Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP)
Panelists:
• Carol Corrado, Ph.D., McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
• Martin Fleming, Ph.D., IBM
• Steve Landefeld, Ph.D., Bureau of Economic Analysis)
• Andrew Lo, Ph.D., Laboratory for Financial Engineering, MIT Sloan School of Management
The Science & the Congress Project was established in 1995 to provide a neutral and credible source of scientific information targeted to policymakers on Capitol Hill. Expert speakers are chosen to provide a balanced presentation about the topic under discussion, and their comments are independent of any position that may be held by the ACS, the sponsors of ACS Science & the Congress, or its co-hosts. For more information, click here.The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 163,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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Letter to editor: from Obama

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 15 maggio 2011

Riccardo I spent this week moving boxes and getting set up in our new campaign headquarters in Chicago, but something happened in Washington that I want to make sure you know about. The CEOs from the five major oil companies — which together booked $36 billion in profits in the first quarter of 2011 alone — went to the Senate on Thursday to try to justify the $4 billion in tax giveaways they’re receiving this year. It’s a head-smackingly obvious example of how broken Washington is that there’s even a question about this. These companies don’t need and don’t deserve taxpayer money — especially with a budget deficit to close and gas prices at or near record highs. Even worse is the fact that when the Senate tries to strip these oil company giveaways, it’s likely that a minority of senators will block a vote from happening. And even if the Senate manages to pass a bill eliminating the giveaways, there’s little chance it will be brought up for a vote in the House. Here’s why: These five companies are expert manipulators of the money-for-influence game in Washington that the President is working to change. It’s simple math — they spent more than $145 million last year on nearly 800 lobbyists whose job is to defeat bills like this one. The $4 billion they’ll likely get to keep as a result represents a 2,700% return on their investment. I’d like to be able to say with certainty that you can do something to help pass this bill, but the fact is that at this stage we may not be able to affect the outcome of next week’s vote. What we can do is build a campaign that will keep a spotlight on issues like this and the fundamental reasons why Washington doesn’t work. Our campaign doesn’t take money from Washington lobbyists or special interest PACs. This organization will be a living example of doing politics a different way — from the bottom up; of, by, and for ordinary people. That example and the results we achieve on Election Day are the biggest blows we can strike against a dysfunctional system and the distorted outcomes it creates.

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