The Latest: Our Economy
The GOP is working stealthily to shred health and financial protections for ordinary Americans
• June 13, 2017 1:22 PM
Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Washington Post
The bars opened early in Washington and elsewhere last Thursday, as more than 19 million Americans tuned in when the networks and cable news channels carried live former FBI director James B. Comey’s riveting testimony in the intensifying scandals around President Trump. The media covers Trump’s derelictions 24/7. Not surprisingly, Democrats tend to talk about what grabs the most airtime.
Lilly Ledbetter: Time to end the wage gap for women
• January 29, 2016 12:00 PM
USA Today By: Lilly Ledbetter
The first bill President Obama signed into law his first year in office was, to my great pride, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. During his final year in office, it is my hope that we can witness a new spate of progress on equal pay for women.
The act that bears my name was a step forward for women, families, and the bedrock American values of fairness and equality. Yet on its seven-year anniversary, we still have a gender gap on wages.State legislators and advocates from around the country are launching a “week of action” to draw attention to that gap and how it can be closed.
When I learned that I had been paid significantly less than my male counterparts at the Goodyear plant in Gadsen, Ala., I filed a federal civil rights lawsuit. Yet in its 2007 Ledbetter v. Goodyear ruling, the Supreme Court ruled against me because I filed my challenge long after the 180-day statute of limitations had ended. Because of the way the law was written, it didn’t matter that I was unaware of the wage discrimination during that time window.
Bank Lobby Disappointed That Budget Bill Doesn't Block Investor Protection Rule
• December 16, 2015 4:19 PM
International Business Times By: Owen Davis
Big Finance woke up Wednesday to a big disappointment: The budget bill hammered out by Congress over the past several months carries no provision blocking the Labor Department from going forward with its so-called fiduciary rule, which would require financial advisers to act in the best interest of their clients. Stymieing the rule, which was backed by President Obama and Democrats aligned with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, had been a major goal of insurance sellers and big banks.