U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

03/20/2013 09:24 PM EDT
Tinton Falls, NJ., Med Prep Consulting, Inc. is voluntarily recalling all lots of all products compounded at its facility. The level of recall is to the user, that is, regional hospital pharmacies and related departments, and physicians office practices. The recall resulted from the pharmacy being notified by a Connecticut hospital, that it observed visible particulate contaminants in 50 ml bags of MAGNESIUM SULFATE 2GM IN DEXTROSE 5 Percent IN WATER, 50ML FOR INJECTION intravenous solution confirmed to be mold.
03/20/2013 07:11 PM EDT
New Chapter, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of packages of its 90 count Probiotic Elderberry dietary supplement because it may contain an undeclared allergen – soy.  People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
03/20/2013 09:22 PM EDT
Clinical Specialties is voluntarily recalling All Lots of All Sterile products repackaged and distributed by the pharmacy due to lack of sterility assurance. The recall of all sterile products is conducted in follow-up to concerns regarding practices at the site which cannot assure the sterility of the products. The expanded recall follows the firms initial recall of Avastin due to reports of five patients who have been diagnosed with serious eye infections associated with the use of the product.
March 19, 2013 – Daesang America Inc. One University Plaza, Suite 603, Hackensack, NJ 07601 is recalling its 500gram (17.64 Ounce) packages of Sesame and Garlic flavored Mixed Soy Bean Paste because they may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have allergies to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
03/20/2013 03:04 PM EDT
La Preferida, Inc. is voluntarily recalling 4,734 cases (56,808 cans) of La Preferida Whole Pinto Beans 29 oz. (Water & Salt). Can Code: PINTO LP, BEST BY 01/03/2015, “Time” 3003. The manufacturer’s preliminary inspection indicates 420 cans may not have been fully processed, which could result in product contamination by spoilage organisms or by pathogens, which could lead to illness if consumed.

A Trillion Dollar Boost

By ThinkProgress War Room

How a Path to Citizenship Will Boost the Economy

Reforming our broken immigration system and offering the 11 million undocumented immigrants already here a path to earned citizenship is morally right thing to do, but it’s also the economically smart thing. A new report out today from our colleagues at the Center for American Progress outlines how immigration reform will offer a tremendous boost to the economy — especially if reform includes the vital pathway to citizenship.

Here are some of the key numbers to know:

  • Cumulative increase in GDP of $1.1 TRILLION.
  • Cumulative increase in the income of all Americans of $618 BILLION.
  • Increase in federal taxes paid by undocumented immigrants of $91 BILLION.
  • Increase in state and local taxes paid by undocumented immigrants of $53 BILLION.
  • Earnings of undocumented immigrants would increase by 25.1 percent, a cumulative increase in earnings of $515 BILLION.
  • Average annual increase in jobs of 159,000.

(All figures are the gains over ten years based on undocumented immigrants acquiring legal status in 2013 and citizenship 5 years later.)

As this handy chart shows, the sooner undocumented immigrants become citizens, the bigger the boost to the economy:

It’s hard to appreciate what some of these figures mean in real life, so here are some examples of the economic benefits of immigration reform:

  • Education: The GOP budget cuts education funding per capita by 47 percent; taxes from new citizens would fund 1.5 MILLION special education teachers.
  • Infrastructure: While the GOP budget slashes spending on roads, bridges, schools, airports, and other infrastructure, taxes from new citizens could rebuild the San Francisco Bay Bridge 23 times over.
  • College Affordability: The $91 BILLION in additional federal tax revenue paid by new citizens would fund more than 16 MILLION additional Pell grants over the next ten years.
  • Teachers: The $53 BILLION in additional state revenue paid by new citizens would fund more than 1 MILLION new K-12 teachers over the next years.

For more information on how immigration reform will boost the economy, check out the full report HERE.

BOTTOM LINE: Undocumented immigrants are makers not takers and putting them on a path to earned citizenship will help these new citizens and their communities and boost the economy by over $1 TRILLION.

Evening Brief: Important Stories That You Might’ve Missed

The GOP still won’t own up to its real problems.

Local TV news shows the painful consequences of the sequester cuts.

Another football player accused of rape, another community blames the victim.

Why Sen. Reid must include universal background checks in the Senate gun violence prevention bill.

Colorado governor signed gun law reforms today, will sign civil unions tomorrow.

Senators parrot NRA talking points to oppose gun violence prevention laws.

Not everyone is terrible: Steubenville-area women’s shelter receiving donations from around the world.

Iraq War architect says it’s “unreasonable” to question whether the war was worth fighting.

New video reveals the true cost of carbon pollution

I’m excited to share with you the latest video in our climate conversation series, The Price of Carbon. This short video, narrated by comedian and musician Reggie Watts, underscores the high cost we are all already paying for carbon pollution.

From Superstorm Sandy to soaring temperatures in Australia, ongoing drought that has parched more than 60% of the U.S., and flooding from hurricanes around the world, we are experiencing the consequences of our carbon pollution now. We are paying the cost of these dirty weather disasters and other climate impacts through taxes, medical bills, and insurance rates (to name just a few). It’s past time to talk about the real cost of carbon pollution and to take action so that the polluters are paying their fair share.

In the spirit of moving forward to solve the climate crisis, it’s time to jump-start a real carbon conversation. Watch the video. Share it with your friends. Be part of the carbon conversation.

Maggie L. Fox President & CEO The Climate Reality Project

Bills & Hearings in the House 3/21

9:00 am Hearing: Administration Perspectives on Innovation and Regulation     Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
9:00 am Hearing: CLOSED-Ongoing Intelligence Activities     House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Full Committee
9:00 am Hearing: Cyber Attacks: An Unprecedented Threat to U.S. National Security     Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats
9:30 am Hearing: Members of Congress and Outside Witnesses Hearing      Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
9:30 am Hearing: POSTPONED: Oversight Hearing – Environmental Protection Agency     Committee on Appropriations: Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
9:30 am Hearing: Our Nation of Builders: The Strength of Steel     Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade
10:00 am Hearing: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 910 and H.R. 1080     Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs
10:00 am Hearing: Protecting Small Businesses Against Emerging and Complex Cyber-Attacks     Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Health and Technology
10:00 am Hearing: Oversight Hearing on “America’s Mineral Resources: Creating Mining and Manufacturing Jobs and Securing America” and Legislative Hearing on H.R. 1063, H.R. 687, H.R. 697, H.R. 761, H.R. 767, H.R. 957 and H.R. 981     Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
10:00 am Hearing: Update on Military Suicide Prevention     Committee on Armed Services: Select…
10:00 am Hearing: Oversight Hearing – Department of Agriculture Inspector General     Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
11:00 am Hearing: Oversight Hearing – Federal Transit Administration     Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies