Articles & Op-Eds

December 13, 2010
Despite sharp divisions, Democrats and Republicans might be able to reach agreements in the 112th Congress on issues such as scientific research and education and even on overhauling tax policy, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said Monday.
December 9, 2010
Is American manufacturing dead? Those who think so point to manufacturing’s plummeting share of the national economy as a predictor of its eventual demise. But they likely have never been to Butler County. Here, north of Pittsburgh, in the heart of western Pennsylvania, basic manufacturing still drives the local economy. It has survived around here—indeed, thrived—suggesting that America, too, has an industrial future.
December 7, 2010
When I was a Senate staffer more than a decade ago, Republicans hit on a tactic to advance school choice. They kept narrowing the eligibility standard to cover poorer and poorer families with children in only the most spectacularly failing schools, daring Democrats to vote against the most sympathetic possible group of students. I remember one liberal senator saying in exasperation, "Someday, you are going to make this impossible to oppose."
December 5, 2010
A month ahead of a heated referendum that could split an African nation, leaders of the Sudan Caucus are urging President Obama to pull out all the stops in guarding against that country's secession vote erupting into new mass killings.
December 2, 2010
The U.S. economy is starting to fire on more cylinders, though the upturn remains too weak to bring down high unemployment.
December 1, 2010
An extensive Pentagon report about the armed forces' attitudes toward gays in the military gives a boost to the stalled push by President Obama to repeal the 17-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" law, undercutting arguments by Republicans and others that such a change would unduly strain the armed forces.
November 29, 2010
Winter is not officially here yet, but a freeze is falling over the federal workplace.
November 22, 2010
Billionaire Warren Buffett said that rich people should pay more in taxes and that Bush-era tax cuts for top earners should be allowed to expire at the end of December.
November 18, 2010
Seventeen months after veering into bankruptcy, General Motors has become the unlikely darling of Wall Street, poised to complete an initial public offering Thursday that will fetch more than $20 billion and rank as one of the largest in history.
November 10, 2010
U.S. wholesalers loaded up their shelves in September and a gauge of small-business sentiment ticked upward, both signs that U.S. companies are gaining confidence in the economic recovery.
October 20, 2010
U.S. Rep. Mark Critz and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland toured the Bucyrus America plant Tuesday, getting a firsthand glimpse of how the country's largest manufacturer of mining equipment "makes it in America."
October 8, 2010
As we work to recover from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, both Republicans and Democrats have offered plans for our economy. Republicans' own Congressional campaign chair admitted that they intend to return America to the "exact same agenda" of the Bush years -- the agenda that got our economy into this mess. Democrats, on the other hand, believe that when more products are made in America, more families will be able to Make It In America. That's why Democrats are pursuing the Make It In America agenda, a plan to create middle-class jobs by rebuilding our manufacturing sector.
September 29, 2010
President Obama is in Richmond today to listen to families' economic struggles, and to talk about what he's done with Congress to help our economy recover from its deepest crisis since the Great Depression.
September 24, 2010
If Republicans are serious about governing responsibly, they have an odd way of showing it. And for politicians who purport to hate the deficit -- odder still. The House Republicans' "Pledge to America," unveiled with fanfare Thursday at a Sterling hardware store, mixes irresponsible tax cuts with implausible spending caps and unspecified actions to control entitlement spending. The resulting concoction is a profile in cowardice.
September 17, 2010
Members of Congress have spent the past few weeks in their districts, meeting with constituents and hearing their concerns. House Democrats have held more than 1,800 events in their districts this past work period.
September 16, 2010
Meet the new faces of the GOP's definition of "small businesses" that would be affected by looming tax increases on households earning more than $250,000 under the Democrats' tax plans.
September 7, 2010
Good economic news has been hard to come by lately, but not all is doom and gloom in America these days. The end of summer ushered in a few signs of progress in some of the unlikeliest corners of the economy. They are no guarantee that the good times are around the corner, but they do provide a helpful reminder that this slow recovery is exactly that: a recovery.
September 7, 2010
A few blocks from the restored antebellum homes that draw tourists to rural Warren County, wooden shacks sink into the sandy soil, their tin roofs bowing low, walls askew. Clothes hang on lines outside, limp under a stifling, late-summer sun.
September 2, 2010
U.S. manufacturing expanded in August for the 13th straight month, lifting hopes that economic growth won't stall.
September 2, 2010
Is there any reason for hope in this gloomy summer for the economy? A certain fatalism - that a double-dip recession is inevitable - has crept into a lot of economic analysis lately, but it may be overstating the degree to which we are in dire straits. A roaring recovery is probably not on the way, but here are five reasons that a slow-and-steady recovery is likely to continue.
August 30, 2010
Amid mounting signs that the economic recovery is faltering, one potential remedy seems out of the question: a booster shot of government spending.
August 26, 2010
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 — President Obama's $787 billion stimulus — has been marketed as a jobs bill, and that's how it's been judged. The White House says it has saved or created about 3 million jobs, helping avoid a depression and end a recession. Republicans mock it as a Big Government boondoggle that has failed to prevent rampant unemployment despite a massive expansion of the deficit. Liberals complain that it wasn't massive enough.
August 24, 2010
The Democrats' stimulus raised economic growth by as much as 4.5 percent in the last quarter and may have increased the number of people with jobs by more than 3 million, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report released Tuesday.
August 13, 2010
Retail sales managed a modest increase in July after two consecutive monthly declines, but the strength was concentrated in higher sales of autos and gasoline. Most other retailers saw their sales fall.
August 10, 2010
The House interrupted its summer recess on Tuesday to approve $26 billion in aid to school districts and states to prevent large-scale layoffs of teachers and public employees and to engage in another partisan fight over policy priorities.