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Jobs and the Economy

Keeping the Internet Free… #STUCK

Communications • October 29, 2014

For countless Americans, access to the internet means access to a world of opportunity. Whether it’s online courses and student resources; job applications and career information; online answers and directions — the internet is increasingly essential. Unfortunately, many state and local governments are pursing an “internet tax” — using it as an opportunity to make money on a …

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Where’s the Save American Workers Act? You guessed it.

Communications • October 27, 2014

President Obama’s health care law redefines “full-time employees” to anyone who works 30 hours or more — rather than the standard 40-hour work week. For 2.6 million Americans, this means less opportunity, a smaller paycheck, and greater stress. House Republicans quickly saw the danger in reducing the American work week. Already three out of four of …

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Creating jobs? Nope, broken promises.

Communications • October 23, 2014

“Take a look at the goals the President has set to move this country forward.… Double U.S. Exports, Create 600,000 Jobs in the Natural Gas Industry, Create 1 Million New Manufacturing Jobs…” -President Obama’s campaign website in 2012 A visit to President Obama’s 2012 website highlights his lofty goals — the same ones that are now …

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All signs pointing to a better economy? Eh, not so much.

Communications • October 21, 2014

The Congressional Budget Office recently made some promising announcements. Their most recent research suggests that our national deficit has been reduced by about 33% this fiscal year, marking a six-year low. And according to the Labor Department, we’ve seen private sector job growth for the 55th month in a row. Apparently, these government agencies believe the Obama …

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Middle Class Squeeze > Jobs and the Economy | Middle Class Squeeze

Household income hasn’t changed — but everything else is more expensive

Communications • October 14, 2014

About half of Americans consider themselves part of the middle class — and for those Americans, the past few years have been economically uncomfortable. Because while middle class income hasn’t changed — the cost of everything else has. Education, gas, home-buying, and even movie tickets cost more than they did in 1995, yet the wages Americans bring home remain stagnant. CNN …

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What the September jobs report tells us (hint: it’s not good)

Communications • October 3, 2014

September’s job report boasted the lowest unemployment rate in a year at 5.8% — great news, right? Not quite. As Americans have learned in the past six years, the unemployment rate only paints part of the picture about our economy. And no matter what the unemployment numbers say, Americans sure don’t feel like the economy is improving …

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5 Points

Communications • October 2, 2014

For the past several months, Speaker of the House John Boehner has traveled the country to discuss his “Five Points for Resetting America’s Economic Foundation.” These five points are simple and straightforward: ·      Address the debt. ·      Reform the tax code. ·      Fix the legal system.  ·      Rein in excessive regulations. ·      Strengthen education. …

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Reducing red tape can put Americans back to work

Rep. Robert Hurt • October 1, 2014

Rep. Robert Hurt represents Virginia’s 5th District and serves on the Financial Services Committee. He sponsored the Small Business Capital Access And Job Preservation Act, which the House included as part of the Jobs for America Act that passed last week. Last week, I traveled along Route 58, touring a variety of manufacturing companies to …

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On National Coffee Day, we compare some numbers

Communications • September 29, 2014

Today is National Coffee Day — a chance to celebrate the liquid caffeine that so many Americans rely on every day. Reportedly 83% of American adults drink coffee, a number that’s growing every year. But here’s a more shocking realization: According to a new study by the Republican Senate Budget Committee, more American adults drink coffee than have a …

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1 in 4 Americans – that’s a lot

Communications • September 26, 2014

A new chart from the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee shows almost 1 in 4 Americans between the ages of 25-54 (or prime working years) are not working. Out of the 124.5 million Americans in their prime working years, 28.9 million (nearly a quarter!) are not currently employed. Over two-thirds of all labor force …

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