Articles & Op-Eds

January 20, 2011
Today, the House Ways and Means Committee is meeting to discuss reforming the U.S. tax code. Though in its early stages, I believe tax reform can be one of the most promising areas for bipartisan cooperation in this new Congress. Members of both parties can agree that a tax code that unleashes economic productivity, creates middle-class jobs and reduces the deficit would be a major boost to our economic future.
January 19, 2011
U.S. manufacturing, viewed as a lost cause by many Americans, has begun creating more jobs than it eliminates for the first time in more than a decade.
January 19, 2011
As Congress returns to work this week, our community is still recovering from the tragedy in Tucson, Ariz., and praying for the health of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and all of the wounded. A tragedy like this doesn’t make our differences disappear; but this can, I hope, be a time to remember that the grave challenges our nation faces are common to us all and can only be overcome with common effort.
January 18, 2011
Newly emboldened Republicans want to repeal the Obama health law, a symbol of all that they—and many voters—dislike about President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats' approach to governing. If you were a business executive and employer, would you really favor repeal?
January 11, 2011
When China’s president, Hu Jintao, visits here next week, the exchange rate between Chinese and American currency will inevitably become a big topic of conversation.
January 11, 2011
With news that opponents of the new health-care law are actively trying to repeal the landmark legislation, small business owners have great reason to be concerned. Lawmakers and pundits in support of this move claim the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) hurts small businesses and our economic recovery, as evidenced in Scott Shane's Jan. 7 column "Small Business Isn't Celebrating Health-Care Reform." The facts say otherwise. While political rhetoric attacking health care reform may get headlines, it does nothing to lower the cost of health insurance for America's 28 million small businesses.  
January 4, 2011
To train its future leaders, General Electric has rising young stars study and visit an array of different organizations, from Google to West Point.
January 4, 2011
Outgoing-House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Democrats are prepared to work closely with the incoming GOP majority on efforts to bolster job creation and rein in deficit spending.
January 4, 2011
Many people knowledgeable about the federal budget said House Republicans could not keep their campaign promise to cut $100 billion from domestic spending in a single year. Now it appears that Republicans agree.
January 3, 2011
ARE HOUSE Republicans serious about dealing with the deficit? You could listen to their rhetoric - or you could read the rules they are poised to adopt at the start of the new Congress. The former promises a new fiscal sobriety. The latter suggests that the new GOP majority is determined to continue the spree of unaffordable tax-cutting.
December 21, 2010
When Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) led more than a dozen lawmakers onto a Capitol stage Tuesday to commemorate the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, she earned a minute-long standing ovation from a packed auditorium of gay-rights supporters.
December 16, 2010
As the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell headed toward defeat in the Senate last week -- delivering what was seen at the time as quite possibly a fatal blow to repeal this year -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and said he wanted to help put repeal back on the agenda.
December 16, 2010
The Senate has at least 62 votes to repeal the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said Thursday morning.
December 15, 2010
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer appears to be solidifying his position as the Democratic leader whom Republicans can deal with and trust next year.
December 13, 2010
Citing the possibility of "fiscal turmoil," outgoing House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Monday called for bipartisan cooperation in the next Congress to tackle budget deficits and reform the tax code.
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.