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Why We Need to Invest in Infrastructure

The United States was once a leader in infrastructure, but we’re slipping. Repairing our crumbling roads and bridges will help position our economy for long-term growth.

“Every time we’ve invested in infrastructure, as Democrats, as Republicans — every time we’ve done it, the economy grows,” said Vice President Biden. “And it grows good, decent-paying jobs.”

Listen to the Vice President explain why we need to invest in our infrastructure:

Video player: Investing in American Ports Infrastructure

 

President Obama and Vice President Biden Honor America’s TOP COPS

The President and Vice President welcomed some of the country’s best law enforcement officials to the White House, honoring their remarkable service and sacrifice.

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A Numbers-Based Case for Why It’s Time to Act on Infrastructure

President Obama is calling on Congress to pass a bill to put Americans to work repairing our crumbling roads and bridges — avoiding a crisis in the short term, and helping to position our economy for long-term growth.

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Attacks on choice and workers’ rights …. a year later


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Lowering minimum wage, weakening workers’ comp, and restricting a women’s right to choose. Are these your values?

Since Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon gave the Senate Majority to Senate Republicans, Republicans have gotten bolder – voting for far-right, ideological legislation.1

Rodney Tom’s Senate Majority has launched an assault on our state’s minimum wage.2 They’ve passed a profit-motivated bill attacking workers’ comp – even though voters rejected changes to the system in 2010.3

And while Rodney Tom promises a more open debate on social issues, the result is a radical Republican bill attacking a woman’s right to choose, in a state firmly committed to choice.4

These are not Democratic values – These are not Washington values. Co-sign our letter telling Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon they don’t belong in the Democratic Party.

In 2012, the people of Washington overwhelmingly voted Democrat, because they share Democratic values. They believe in fighting for our middle class and progressive social issues, like marriage equality and a woman’s right to choose.

Now Senate Republicans, empowered by Senators Tom and Sheldon, are pulling a fast one on our state – introducing and passing ideological bills that advance their conservative agenda.

This is nothing short of a coup, made possible by Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon.

Almost 4000 Democrats have already signed our letter. Please join them and send a message to Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon today.

Sincerely,

Jaxon Ravens
Executive Director
Washington State Democrats

1 http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020276029_senaterepublicansprintrop03xml.html?src=FuseT&utm_source=buffer&buffer_share=40ed2
2 http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020294703_trainingwagexml.html
3 http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20130209/OPINION03/702099971
4 http://www.columbian.com/news/2013/feb/06/dozens-testify-on-abortion-notification/

Sabotage !


CAP Action War Room

How Low Can the GOP Go?

Here’s one thing President Obama had to say during Wednesday’s big speech on the economy:

I care about one thing and one thing only, and that’s how to use every minute — the only thing I care about is how to use every minute of the remaining 1,276 days of my term to make this country work for working Americans again.  That’s all I care about.  I don’t have another election.

Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans and their allies have a different goal in mind. Their strategy: sabotage. They’ve done it before and now they’re trying to do it again. They’re trying to sabotage the economy and undermine Obamacare — even if millions of Americans suffer as a result.

Sabotaging the Economy

Deficits are falling at the fastest rate in decades and we’ve already achieved more deficit reduction than we set out to at height of deficit hysteria. Nevertheless, Republicans refuse to get rid of the sequester and are now demanding  even more painful spending cuts. If they don’t get their way they are again threatening to shut down the government and, even worse, default on the nation’s obligations.

We watched this same movie back in 2011. It hurt the economy then and it threatens to hold it back now just as the recovery appears to be gaining steam.

We know the sequester is causing real pain to people across the country, but yesterday the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office told us how many jobs it will be killed if it’s left in place next year: up to 1.6 MILLION.

Yep, you read that right. If the Republicans force us to keep the sequester cuts for another year, as many as 1.6 MILLION fewer Americans will be working. That’s 1.6 MILLION Americans who won’t be buying the goods of businesses large and small. As we discussed yesterday, middle class consumers are the real job creators and the economy simply can’t work without them.

Sabotaging the Government

House Republicans are trying to enact their long-held goal of simply “starving the beast” so much that government simply can’t function. In order to keep the government from shutting down, they are now demanding cuts even deeper and more painful than the sequester. Here’s but a few examples of the crippling cuts they are now calling for:

Just like blocking nominees to government agencies they don’t like, the GOP is trying to starve programs they don’t care about or whose mission they disagree with. This is simply nullification by another name.

Sabotaging Obamacare

Conservatives know they are at the last chance saloon when it comes to their quest to destroy Obamacare. They lost the fight in Congress, they lost at the Supreme Court, and President Obama won and Democrats added seats in the Senate last November.

They know that millions of Americans will soon get access to quality, affordable health care for the first time. Tens of millions more already have new benefits and better coverage. And come January 1, 2014, the worst abuses of the health insurance industry, including denying coverage to those with preexisting conditions, will be history.

The only thing conservatives can do now is try to throw sand in the gears. They have spent or will spend hundreds of millions of dollars on a misinformation campaign. They’re hurting some of the poorest Americans by refusing to expand Medicaid. They are threatening to shut down the government in order to defund the law. They’re intimidating private sector groups that might want to help inform the public of the law’s benefits. And, most cynically of all, they are trying to convince the uninsured to stay uninsured. All of this simply out of spite and the hopes it might benefit them in the 2014 election.

Norman Ornstein, a scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, wrote a must-read column this week calling out Republicans for their appalling behavior:

What is going on now to sabotage Obamacare is not treasonous—just sharply beneath any reasonable standards of elected officials with the fiduciary responsibility of governing.[…]

But to do everything possible to undercut and destroy its implementation—which in this case means finding ways to deny coverage to many who lack any health insurance; to keep millions who might be able to get better and cheaper coverage in the dark about their new options; to create disruption for the health providers who are trying to implement the law, including insurers, hospitals, and physicians; to threaten the even greater disruption via a government shutdown or breach of the debt limit in order to blackmail the president into abandoning the law; and to hope to benefit politically from all the resulting turmoil—is simply unacceptable, even contemptible. One might expect this kind of behavior from a few grenade-throwing firebrands. That the effort is spearheaded by the Republican leaders of the House and Senate—even if Speaker John Boehner is motivated by fear of his caucus, and McConnell and Cornyn by fear of Kentucky and Texas Republican activists—takes one’s breath away.

BOTTOM LINE: Republicans are trying to sabotage the economy and undermine Obamacare merely out of political spite and the hopes it might help them in 2014. Instead of sabotaging the economy and trying to deny quality, affordable health care to millions of Americans, it’s time for Republicans to focus on actually governing this country and helping grow the middle class and the economy along with it.

Support comprehensive Immigration Reform


National Women's Law Center
It’s not what you look like or where you were born that makes you American. It’s how you live your life and what you do that makes you a part of this country.
That’s why all Americans deserve immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship.
Raise your voice for the millions of immigrant women and their families who make ours a stronger country. Tell your Senators to support a comprehensive immigration reform bill that meets the needs of women and families.
The next weeks will be critical in the immigration reform fight. Senators will consider hundreds of amendments that could affect the lives of immigrant women and their families for decades to come.
To meet the needs of women and their families, immigration reform must:

  • Help keep families together. Immigration reform should reunite families.
  • Ensure immigrant women have fair access to the path to citizenship and green cards. Women’s economic circumstances, the kinds of jobs they do, and their caregiving responsibilities should not prevent them from becoming citizens.
  • Protect against worker exploitation. Immigrant women workers who challenge workplace abuses like sexual harassment, discrimination, and wage theft must have meaningful protections and remedies available.
  • Make affordable health care available to lawfully present immigrants. Women on the path to citizenship should be able to get the same health coverage and services as other women across the country.
  • Preserve tax credits and Social Security benefits for lawful immigrants. Lawful, taxpaying immigrants must receive the full benefits they earned in Social Security and access to family tax credits.

We believe that families should be able to stick together and that we should help our neighbors. We all do our part to contribute, and we’re all the better for welcoming the immigrant women who play a key role in our nation and our economy as members of our communities.
Tell your Senators to support a comprehensive and strong immigration reform bill that meets the needs of women and their families.
Thank you for everything you do.
Sincerely,

Emily J. Martin Emily J. Martin Vice President and General Counsel National Women’s Law Center

A Trillion More Reasons to Support Immigration Reform


By  CAP Action War Room

New Report Proves Reform Will Boost the Economy, Reduce the Deficit

A new report out last night from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office offers up nearly a trillion additional reasons to support immigration reform with a pathway to earned citizenship.

The report was full of good news:

  • Reform will decrease federal budget deficits by $197 BILLION over a ten year period between 2014 to 2023
  • Between 2024 and 2033, federal budget deficits would be cut by an additional $700 billion.

Opponents of immigration reform had assumed that new citizens becoming eligible for Obamacare and other benefits would add to the deficit during the second ten-year period, so much so that Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) specifically asked the CBO to analyze that period. Much to their surprise, the CBO findings underscore that the tremendous economic benefits of reform, including millions of new taxpayers, significantly outweigh any additional costs.

Just to put these deficit reduction numbers in context, here’s the impact of some of the deficit reduction policies Republicans favor:

Fortunately, we don’t have do any of these things and we can still enjoy dramatic deficit reduction, boost our economy, and make millions of peoples’ lives better.

The CBO report also found, contrary to the talking points of reform opponents, that a pathway to earned citizenship and other changes to the immigration system will not lower wages for American workers. In fact, it will eventually help increase wages for new citizens and native-born Americans alike.

This bolsters two previous findings from our Center for American Progress colleagues:

Beyond these numbers, we also know bringing 11 MILLION people out of the shadows and fixing our broken system is simply the right thing to do.

BOTTOM LINE: Fixing our broken immigration will is the moral thing to do and the smart thing to do. It will grow our economy, raise wages, reduce the deficit, and help strengthen programs like Medicare and Social Security.