Articles & Op-Eds

July 13, 2005
The federal budget deficit for the current fiscal year is projected to be $333 billion, down sharply from $427 billion forecast in February, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said Wednesday.
July 8, 2005
Proponents for an overhaul of Social Security are turning pessimistic that legislation will pass, as the Senate Finance Committee remains gnarled over the issue and the full chamber prepares to debate at least one Supreme Court nominee.
July 7, 2005
U.S. Congressional leaders Thursday called the suspected terrorist attacks on London commuters earlier in the day "cowardly" and "barbaric". The U.S. Congress is in a week-long recess, but congressmen and senators were quick to react to the attacks through their press offices.
June 29, 2005
We are writing to request that you submit a FY 2005 supplemental funding request adding at least $1.3 billion to address the shortfall in veterans’ health care funding that your Administration has identified.
June 28, 2005
The idea of securing Social Security’s solvency has been relegated to a sideshow as congressional Republicans focus on a proposal to create individual accounts from the program’s surplus.
June 24, 2005
For six months, Republicans have traveled the country as fiscal Paul Reveres, sounding the alarm about the coming collapse of Social Security.
June 24, 2005
The idea of creating personal accounts for U.S. workers' Social Security taxes won't be axed until President Bush declares it dead, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley of Iowa said Wednesday.
June 24, 2005
Public broadcasters turned back an effort to slash their federal subsidies by $100 million, but scores of education, labor and health programs still face cuts in the House.
June 24, 2005
A key House committee reversed President Bush's fifth attempt to give unequal raises to military and civilian employees in a voice vote this week - a decision that the rest of Congress and the president likely will uphold.
June 23, 2005
Local law enforcement officials decried Thursday huge budget cuts proposed by the Bush administration to a national network of drug-interdiction task forces, including one that provided more than $12 million to the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area this year.
June 23, 2005
Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post from Steny Hoyer and Nancy Pelosi
June 22, 2005
The House Appropriations Committee yesterday approved a 3.1 percent pay raise next year for civil service employees, continuing a long-standing practice of providing a raise equal to that planned for the military.
June 20, 2005
Today, the United States possesses the most efficient public sector in the world, one whose mission is to execute the public policies of the nation without regard to politics or party, serve and protect the American people, and save taxpayer money.
June 7, 2005
A $408.9 billion Pentagon spending measure including an additional $45.3 billion for war costs was approved Tuesday by the House Appropriations Committee.
May 16, 2005
A bipartisan group of House members plans to send a letter today to the chairman and ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee to urge them to support "pay parity" raises next year for civil service and military personnel.
May 12, 2005
Education is not an 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. process for children -- it's 24 hours a day from the sleep they get, to the meals they eat, to the support they receive at home and in the community.
May 3, 2005
As President Bush and administration officials look back on their campaign to sell privatized Social Security, it is increasingly clear that Americans are just not buying. And after the president's recent press conference, in which he proposed large benefit cuts, the American people are even more skeptical.
April 30, 2005
At a community center outside Washington on Friday, President Bush used familiar phrases, familiar props and familiar jokes to try to convince Americans that Social Security needs to be revamped.
April 22, 2005
A bill that would allow former government workers to recoup their pension credits when returning to federal employment has been introduced in the House by Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.).
April 20, 2005
House Democrats are turning to the Internet to bolster their outreach to young Americans on Social Security, hoping to wage a counteroffensive against the Bush administration’s targeting of twentysomething voters in its fight to enact private retirement accounts.
April 14, 2005
The one thing that millions of Americans will not be saying tomorrow is, "Thank goodness, it's Friday."
April 13, 2005
Led by Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), House Democrats will use tax-filing week as the kickoff for their latest initiative. Hoyer said Tuesday that Democrats will attempt to show in the coming days and months that they are the true “party of reform” and that, despite the GOP rhetoric, Republicans have only made the tax system more complicated and unjust.
March 21, 2005
After Bob Dole lost the White House race to President Bill Clinton in 1996, a group of prominent neoconservatives saw a void in foreign policy and decided to fill it.
March 16, 2005
The U.S. House approved $81.4 billion in additional spending in 2005 for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, about $500 million less than President George W. Bush had requested.
February 25, 2005
Last week's White House fact sheet on Social Security contains anything but the facts. It asserts that by 2027 the government will somehow have to come up with an extra $200 billion a year, and by 2033, more than $300 billion.