Liability Release Not the Only Stumbling Block in Foreclosure Fraud Settlement

By: Monday January 30, 2012 4:15 pm

There is a path to a stronger settlement that includes a whole lot more elements than a narrow release of liability. It includes serious enforcement with an independent court-appointed monitor that has actual authority and the ability to impose penalties. It includes real nationwide servicing standards that include an auditing of the servicing software and account records to check for systemic fraud, and much more.


White House Fails to Persuade Democrats on Libya

By: Friday June 24, 2011 9:45 am

The House is voting today on two measures. One, to authorize the Libya mission for one year while banning ground troops, will fail. The other, to defund the mission (with notable exceptions), is likely to pass. Then the Senate won’t take up the defunding bill, and possibly take up the authorization, which has been pushed by John Kerry and John McCain.

Leading Democrat George Miller Joins GOP in House Vote to End HAMP

By: Wednesday March 30, 2011 6:50 am

“I hope that my vote today is understood clearly by the Administration as one more effort on my part, on behalf of my desperate constituents, to get the Administration to recognize the urgency of the housing crisis and respond to it accordingly.”

Student Loan Reform: Best Progressive Victory of 2010

By: Friday December 31, 2010 6:05 am

Looking back on the year, I believe that the best victory for progressives was student loan reform, which was passed as part of the reconciliation measure. While not as large in scale as some of the bills passed by this Congress, it still was a substantial measure that ends over $60 billion in government waste. I’m proud of the role FDL played when our “Students, Not Banks” campaign helped make sure uncompromised student loan reform was passed this year. Looking back at the year, I wish progressives had been given the chance to have more clear fights like this one.

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House Democrats Want No More Food Stamp Cuts in Child Nutrition Bill

By: Wednesday August 11, 2010 6:55 am

House progressives, angered by the continued chipping away of the federal food stamp program as a pay-for in various bills, are taking a stand with the child nutrition bill, which the Senate passed before leaving for their August recess. That bill paid for increases to the federal school lunch program with food stamp cuts, essentially cutting a child’s dinner to pay for their lunch.

Can Congress (Finally) Get Coal Mine Safety Right?

By: Monday July 12, 2010 6:30 pm

Tomorrow afternoon, Congress will once again take up new legislative proposals to improve coal mine safety. After decades of repeated mining disasters, countless unnecessary deaths and injuries, and continual demands for remedial action, can Congress finally get mining safety legislation right? The outward signs are not encouraging.

Only Three of CA’s 53 House Members Publicly Support Prop. 19

By: Thursday July 8, 2010 7:15 pm

About half of Californians support Prop. 19 to legalize and regulate marijuana, but only a tiny percentage of the state’s House Reps do, according to Huffington Post. Three of 53 publicly say they support Prop. 19. What’s going on with the others?

Offshore Oil Rig Worker Safety Program Designed by Oil Industry

By: Friday June 25, 2010 3:55 pm

The rules that are supposed to protect the health and safety of oil rig workers were designed 15 years ago by the American Petroleum Institute – the industry and lobbying group for major oil and gas companies. The worst part? Even those regulations are considered “voluntary.”

Liveblog: Hearing on Oil Rig and Cleanup Worker Health and Safety

By: Wednesday June 23, 2010 7:58 am

Today, the House EdLabor Committee, chaired by Rep. George Miller, is hosting a hearing called “Worker Health and Safety from the Oil Rig to Shoreline.” The hearing will explore what protections are in place for oil rig workers, what went wrong on the Deepwater Horizon, and how to protect cleanup workers in the Gulf Coast for BP’s oil disaster.

Congressional Hearing on Oil Disaster Worker Safety Next Week

By: Friday June 18, 2010 1:45 pm

Some good news out of Congress about protecting workers involved in the BP oil disaster, as well as offshore oil workers. Rep. George Miller’s House Committee on Education and Labor will hold a hearing on oil worker safety on Wednesday.

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