Increasing Taxes on Middle-Cla​ss Families Will Hurt Consumer Spending


 

As we move into the holiday shopping season, the National Economic Council and the Council of Economic Advisers just released a new report, The Middle-Class Tax Cuts’ Impact on Consumer Spending and Retailers.

If Congress doesn’t act, middle-class families will see their income taxes go up on January 1st. The typical middle-class family will see their taxes go up by $2,200 next year, burdening businesses and retailers across the nation.

Find out more about the report on middle-class tax cuts and retail and consumer spending.

Increasing Taxes on Middle-Class Families Will Hurt Consumer Spending

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Today: Sizing up Sandy webinar, 7:00 p.m. (EST) UCS


Webinar Reminder
Tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. (EST): Sizing up Sandy

Don’t forget to join us tomorrow evening for our webinar discussion on lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy.

Webinar: Sizing up Sandy
When: Tomorrow, November 27, 7:00 p.m. (EST)

Register Today
After the largest Atlantic hurricane on record affected U.S. states from southern Florida to northern Maine and as far west as Wisconsin, analysts from the Union of Concerned Scientists wrote a series of blog posts on topics from the relationship between the storm and climate change, to the economic costs and health impacts, to how we can prepare ourselves and our infrastructure to be more resilient.

The webinar will be moderated by UCS climate scientist Brenda Ekwurzel and will feature:

  • Todd Sanford, climate scientist – resilient ecosystems
  • Rachel Cleetus, senior climate economist – health and economic impacts
  • Laura Wisland, senior energy analyst – resilient energy systems
  • Calen May-Tobin, climate policy analyst/advocate – mapping and good information
  • Marchant Wentworth, Washington representative – political landscape and opportunities

Please register for the webinar today. You may submit questions on the registration page for the UCS experts to address during the webinar. There will also be opportunities to ask questions during the webinar itself.

We look forward to your participation tomorrow.

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the daily share : Congress, Fox and Hillary Clinton


 

This couple tells their engagement story to the president, and it’s kind of hilarious. This will put a huge smile on your face!

It’s Your Fault, Mr. President, That This Couple Just Got Engaged

     

 

Journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Ricks was brought on to talk Benghazi. His response caused the interview to be ended immediately.

This Is NOT The Response Fox News Expected When This Interview Started

 

The time has come.

An Important Message That This Broken Congress Needs To Hear From Us NOW

 

Hillary says what we should all be thinking.

Hillary Clinton Urges Women Not To Take Any Sh_t

Judy Waxman, National Women’s Law Center


 

National Women's Law Center
 
 
     
  Our Military Women Deserve Better  
     
   
     
  Tell Congress to end the outrageous abortion coverage ban for servicewomen and military dependents who have been raped or endured incest.  
     
     
     

Unconscionable — that’s the only way to describe an extreme policy that denies servicewomen and military dependents coverage for abortion services if they become pregnant as the result of rape. To add insult to injury, their civilian counterparts who also get their health insurance through the federal government do not face the same cruel policy.

Do your duty: tell your Members of Congress to end the outrageous abortion coverage ban for servicewomen and military dependents who have been raped or endured incest.

Congress will soon finalize the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Thanks to Senator Shaheen, they’ll have the opportunity to pass a version of the bill which removes this abhorrent ban, but some anti-choice Members of Congress who are willing to play politics with the women that serve this nation are standing in the way of ending this unjust ban.

This policy is simply wrong. We need your voice to end it today: tell Congress to end the abortion coverage ban for servicewomen and military dependents who become pregnant due to rape or incest.

Thank you for continuing to protect women’s reproductive health.

Sincerely,

 
Judy Waxman   Judy Waxman
Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights
National Women’s Law Center
 

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CONGRESS: The Republican led House : the Senate, led by Dem


The Senate Convenes: 10:00amET November 27, 2012

  • Following the prayer and pledge, the Majority Leader will be recognized. The first hour will be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees with the Republicans controlling the first half and the Majority controlling the final half.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • We hope to consider the Disabilities Treaty (Executive Calendar #6, Treaty Document 112-7) during tomorrow’s session.

2:35pm The Senate began a roll call vote on adoption of the motion to proceed to Executive Session for the consideration of Treaty 112-7, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;

Agreed to: 61-36

The Senate is in Executive Session considering Treaty 112-7, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, with debate only until 6:30pm. The time until 5pm is equally divided and controlled between the proponents and opponents.

WRAP UP

ROLL CALL VOTE

1) Motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider Treaty Document #112-7, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; Agreed to: 61-36

LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Passed S.3642, the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act of 2012.

Adopted S.Res.602, designating 2012-2013 as the “Year of the Korean War Veteran” and recognizing the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

Completed the Rule 14 process of S.3637, FDIC TAG Extension bill. (Reid)

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Watch Most Recent House Floor Activity

The next meeting in the House is scheduled for 2:00p.mET on November 27, 2012.

2:00:07 P.M.   <ACTION_DESCRIPTION>The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
2:00:19 P.M.   <ACTION_DESCRIPTION>The Speaker designated the Honorable Steve Womack to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
2:00:42 P.M.   <TODAY’S class=hiddenGrammarError title=”Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives” href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaplain_of_the_United_States_House_of_Representatives&#8221; pre=”prayer ” target=”_blank” rel=”wikipedia” House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
2:02:22 P.M.   <The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
2:02:25 P.M.   PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Poe of TX to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2:02:54 P.M.   The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.R. 6063.
2:03:27 P.M.   a communication from The Honorable Nydia M. Velazquez. Pursuant to Rule VIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Velazquez notified the House that she had been served with a subpoena for documents issued by the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Kings in connection with civil litigation currently pending before that court and that after consultation with the Office of General Counsel, she had determined that compliance with the subpoena is inconsistent with the privileges and precedents of the House.
2:03:44 P.M.   <ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.
2:10:31 P.M.   The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 4:30 P.M. today.
4:34:56 P.M.   The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of November 27.
4:35:11 P.M.   will be postponed until a time to be announced.
4:35:18 P.M. H.R. 6025 <>Mrs. Miller (MI) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6025 — “To provide for annual reports on the status of operational control of the international land and maritime borders of the United States and unlawful entries, and for other purposes.”
4:35:30 P.M. H.R. 6025 <Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:35:33 P.M. H.R. 6025 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6025.
4:42:19 P.M. H.R. 6025 motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
4:42:22 P.M. H.R. 6025 <>Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:42:40 P.M. H.R. 5913 <MR. class=hiddenSpellError pre=”Mr ” McCaul moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5913 — “To create an independent advisory panel to comprehensively assess the management structure and capabilities related to the Department of Homeland Security and make recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the management of the Department.”
4:42:48 P.M. H.R. 5913 <Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:42:51 P.M. H.R. 5913 <>DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5913.
4:53:46 P.M. H.R. 5913 <On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
4:53:49 P.M. H.R. 5913 >Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:54:18 P.M. H.R. 915 Mr. McCaul moved that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment.
4:54:35 P.M. H.R. 915 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 915.
5:07:00 P.M. H.R. 915 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
5:07:31 P.M. H.R. 5997 <MR. class=hiddenSpellError pre=”Mr ” Bilirakis moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5997 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to codify authority under existing grant guidance authorizing use of Urban Area Security Initiative and State Homeland Security Grant Program funding for enhancing medical preparedness, medical surge capacity, and mass prophylaxis capabilities.”
5:07:42 P.M. H.R. 5997 <Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:07:43 P.M. H.R. 5997 <DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5997.
5:15:47 P.M. H.R. 5997 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
5:16:17 P.M. H.R. 6328 <MR. class=hiddenSpellError pre=”Mr ” Bilirakis moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 6328 — “To amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to transfer unclaimed clothing recovered at airport security checkpoints to local veterans organizations and other local charitable organizations, and for other purposes.”
5:16:25 P.M. H.R. 6328 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:16:27 P.M. H.R. 6328 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6328.
5:22:59 P.M. H.R. 6328 <On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
5:23:02 P.M. H.R. 6328 <Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:23:30 P.M.   Mr. Bilirakis asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, it adjourn to meet at noon on Wednesday, November 28, 2012. Agreed to without objection.
5:25:37 P.M.   The House received a communication from Representative Jackson (IL) wherein he resigns as a member of the House of Representatives effective Wednesday, November 21, 2012.
5:26:46 P.M.   <ACTION_DESCRIPTION>ADJUSTMENT OF WHOLE HOUSE – Under clause 5(d) of Rule XX, the Chair announced to the House that, in light of the resignation of the gentleman from Illinois, Mr. Jackson, the whole number of the House is 433.
5:27:46 P.M.   The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. today.
6:30:16 P.M.   The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of November 27.
6:31:24 P.M.   UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on motions to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
6:31:58 P.M. H.R. 5997 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 5997 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to codify authority under existing grant guidance authorizing use of Urban Area Security Initiative and State Homeland Security Grant Program funding for enhancing medical preparedness, medical surge capacity, and mass prophylaxis capabilities.”
6:57:12 P.M. H.R. 5997 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 397 – 1 (Roll no. 609).
6:57:14 P.M. H.R. 5997 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:07:00 P.M. H.R. 915 <On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 397 – 4 (Roll no. 610).
7:07:01 P.M. H.R. 915 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:11:28 P.M.   The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
9:44:01 P.M.   <MR. class=hiddenSpellError pre=”Mr ” Lungren, Daniel E. moved that the House do now adjourn.
9:44:14 P.M.   On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
9:44:15 P.M.   The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on November 28, 2012.