Articles & Op-Eds

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.
August 6, 2010
Faced with rising costs, General Electric is moving production of its new energy-efficient water heater halfway around the world. The country it's leaving? China. The one it's bringing 400 jobs and a newly renovated factory? The United States.
July 26, 2010
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Reps. James Langevin (D-R.I.) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) will meet with President Barack Obama on Monday to mark the 20th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
July 26, 2010
Many of us have nearly forgotten an era in which it was commonplace for a person to be denied employment because she was blind, or unable to attend a university because he was in a wheelchair—an era in which people with disabilities were second-class citizens.
July 26, 2010
Many of us have nearly forgotten an era in which it was commonplace for a person to be denied employment because she was blind, or unable to attend a university because he was in a wheelchair—an era in which people with disabilities were second-class citizens.
July 23, 2010
For a couple of years, it was the love that dared not speak his name. In 2008, Republican candidates hardly ever mentioned the president still sitting in the White House.
July 23, 2010
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., plans to detail Friday what's expected to be his party's rallying cry in this year's congressional elections: Republicans can't be trusted, and remember the economic horrors of the Bush administration.
July 13, 2010
David S. Broder's explanation of the House's one-year budget enforcement resolution, and of our nation's fiscal challenge, was at best superficial and at worst misleading ["A dereliction of fiscal duty," op-ed, July 8].
July 2, 2010
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is raising his profile both as a statesman and a partisan street brawler as the November elections near, moves that have drawn praise from Democrats while raising a few questions about what he's gunning for.
July 1, 2010
Recently an acquaintance at the next table in a Palo Alto (Calif.) restaurant introduced me to his companions, three young venture capitalists from China. They explained, with visible excitement, that they were touring promising companies in Silicon Valley. I've lived in the Valley a long time, and usually when I see how the region has become such a draw for global investments, I feel a little proud.
June 29, 2010
Congress will debate its divisions over U.S. policy on Afghanistan a week after a Rolling Stone magazine article showed tensions in the Obama administration's war team that led to the dismissal of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal as chief commander of American and NATO troops there.
June 24, 2010
In the longer term, they should heed the example of House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), who gave a brave speech this week not only setting out the fiscal challenge but offering specific, credible suggestions for savings.
June 23, 2010
Congress isn't always the first place you look for intellectually honest discussion of America's fiscal dilemmas.
June 22, 2010
Tax cuts that benefit the middle class should not be "totally sacrosanct" as policymakers try to plug the nation's yawning budget gap, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Monday, acknowledging that it would be difficult to reduce long-term deficits without breaking President Obama's pledge to protect families earning less than $250,000 a year.
June 22, 2010
House and Senate Democrats are preparing to vote on one-year spending plans instead of adopting a regular five-year budget resolution — a strategy they once criticized Republicans for pursuing.
June 22, 2010
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that Democrats would pursue a slimmed-down budget resolution before the July Fourth recess.
June 21, 2010
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed into law despite a chorus of misinformation.
June 16, 2010
Let's start with two indisputable facts. First, both the financial system and the economy are in far better shape today than they were in the dark days of January or February 2009.