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How Women Are Really Doing Under the Obama Administration

Policy • April 3, 2014

Women are playing more complex and important roles than they ever have in society.  In addition to being mothers and caretakers, women are now income earners—often times the lead income earner in households. In fact, more than 72 million women are in the labor force now (47% of the labor force),[1] compared to 18 million …

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Jobs > Health Care > Health Care | Jobs and the Economy | Young People

Young People Under the Obama Administration

Policy • April 3, 2014

For the nearly 2 million young people who graduated college in 2013, the economic environment remains unfriendly.  College graduates continue to struggle finding work, let alone a job in a career that reflects their educational experience and skillset.  Youth unemployment remains above the national average.  And, while the number of college graduates continues to increase, …

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Health Care > Jobs > Health Care | Jobs and the Economy

Redefining “Full-Time Employees” in Obamacare

Policy • April 3, 2014

One of the most destructive elements of Obamacare extends beyond healthcare into the labor market. The 30-hour full-time employee definition fundamentally alters more than 40 years of federal policy that considered “full-time” to be a 40-hour work week. Vulnerable populations such as those individuals who work between 30 and 36 hours a week will be in …

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Gainful Employment Standards

Policy • March 28, 2014

The growing burden of student loan debt coupled with a stagnant economy remains a roadblock to the economic well-being of millions of young Americans.  At the end of 2013, collective student loan debt topped $1.08 trillion.[1]  Approximately 60 percent of students who earned a bachelor’s degree in 2011-12 graduated with an average debt loan of …

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Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), House Financial Services Committee

Policy • March 27, 2014

On Tuesday, the House Financial Services Committee convened a hearing examining our nation’s debt and why it matters.  Witnesses included David M. Cote, Chairman and CEO of Honeywell; Alice Rivlin, former Director of the Congressional Budget Office; and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President of the American Action Forum.  In this week’s Committee Spotlight, Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) …

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The 4th Anniversary of Obamacare

Policy • March 25, 2014

On Sunday, March 23, 2014, the President issued a statement recognizing Obamacare and its fourth anniversary. Among Obamacare’s accomplishments, the President listed an increase in the share of Americans with insurance, health care costs going down, 100 million Americans gaining the right to free preventative care like mammograms and contraception, and seniors who are saving …

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Unemployment + Economy + Gov’t Dissatisfaction = …

Jared Powell • March 13, 2014

Gallup is out with a new poll today about the top problems America faces: “Three issues — unemployment, the economy in general, and dissatisfaction with government — dominate when Americans name the most important problem facing the nation.” (Americans cite jobs, economy, gov’t as top U.S. problems, Rebecca Riffkin, Gallup, 3/13/14) It makes sense… 3.8 …

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5 Things the Keystone XL Pipeline Will Do to Build Our Economy

Communications • March 13, 2014

1) Create 42,100 jobs. ” Construction spending would support a combined total of approximately 42,100 jobs throughout the United States for the up to 2-year construction period.” (Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, U.S. State Department, January 2014) 2) Create a more energy independent North America. Construction of the Pipeline would reduce U.S. dependency on non-Canadian foreign oil including oil from …

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Health Care > Opportunities > Health Care

The Obamacare Effect on the Middle Class is Real

Jared Powell • March 13, 2014

REPORT:  “. . . the ACA threatens the middle class . . .” A brand new report from Unite Here, a hospitality industry union, states, “the ACA threatens the middle class with higher premiums, loss of hours, and a shift to part-time work and less comprehensive coverage.” For a President who continues to harp on income inequality, it …

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February Jobs Report

Policy • March 12, 2014

Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its February monthly jobs report.  While nonfarm payroll employment increased by 175,000, the unemployment rate increased slightly to 6.7 percent.[1]  Moreover, the Labor Force Participation Rate remained at 63.0 percent for the second consecutive month, among its lowest levels since the Carter Administration.[2]  Though the economy …

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