Democrats Lambast GOP Plan to Abolish Income Tax and Impose 30 Percent Sales Tax

Democratic and progressive lawmakers are criticizing the GOP for an extremist tax plan that Republicans are planning to soon put to a vote in the House that would completely overhaul the tax system to blatantly favor the rich. In what seems to be a concession to the most far right members of the Republican caucus, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-California) has teed up a vote on the so-called Fair… Source Source / Read More: Democrats Lambast GOP Plan to Abolish Income Tax and Impose 30 Percent Sales Tax

Congress Passes Measure Making It Easier for Workers to Track Retirement Funds

A proposal to make it easier for workers to access all of their retirement funds across different employers has passed into law after being added to the omnibus funding bill last week, marking a small win for workers. The Retirement Savings Lost and Found Act, first introduced by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and Steve Daines (R-Montana), creates an online “lost and found” database… Source Source / Read More: Congress Passes Measure Making It Easier for Workers to Track Retirement Funds

Warren: Musk Is Using Tesla to Prop Up Twitter’s Debts and Failures

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) is raising alarm that Elon Musk is shirking legal responsibilities, misappropriating resources and ignoring potential conflicts of interest in his ownership of Twitter, saying in a new letter to Tesla’s board chair that Musk is treating the social media website as a “private plaything.” In her letter sent on Sunday, Warren raised concern over the way that… Source Source / Read More: Warren: Musk Is Using Tesla to Prop Up Twitter’s Debts and Failures

Warren Calls for Supreme Court to Be Bound to Ethics Code Amidst Leak Allegation

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) has called for the implementation of stricter ethics rules governing Supreme Court justices after explosive testimony from a former conservative activist revealed that certain right-wing justices had maintained close relationships with conservative evangelical groups over the course of decades. On Thursday, evangelical minister Robert Schenck testified… Source Source / Read More: Warren Calls for Supreme Court to Be Bound to Ethics Code Amidst Leak Allegation

Warren, Sanders Lost Over 100k Twitter Followers Each After Elon Musk Takeover

In the weeks following right-wing billionaire Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter in late October, Republican members of Congress gained hundreds of thousands of followers on the platform, while Democrats experienced a purge of followers, a new report finds. According to an analysis of ProPublica data by The Washington Post, the biggest shifts in follower counts for Republicans have almost all been gains, with the biggest winner being white nationalist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Georgia), followed by far right Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio), both gaining over 300,000 followers each. Senators Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rand Paul (Kentucky) both gained roughly 200,000…

Qatar: Amnesty responds to Gianni Infantino’s latest comments

Responding to Gianni Infantino’s recent comments, Steve Cockburn, Amnesty International’s Head of Economic and Social Justice said: “In brushing aside legitimate human rights criticisms, Gianni Infantino is dismissing the enormous price paid by migrant workers to make his flagship tournament possible – as well as FIFA’s responsibility for it. Demands for equality, dignity and compensation […] The post Qatar: Amnesty responds to Gianni Infantino’s latest comments appeared first on Amnesty International.

Warren, Sanders Slam Federal Reserve’s “Disregard” for Working Families

A group of Democratic lawmakers led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) is pressuring the Federal Reserve to explain why it’s continuing to raise interest rates at such a rapid pace when economists across the political spectrum say that rate hikes will only hurt the working class with little upside for the economy at large. In a letter sent to Fed Chair Jerome Powell on Monday, 11 members of Congress lay out a wide swath of evidence from both Powell himself and from economists that American families will be in for “pain” in the coming months, as Powell has said, as…

Warren: Student Debt Relief Lawsuit Shows GOP Prioritizes Profit Over People

Student debt forgiveness advocate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) criticized Republicans on Monday for the party’s lawsuit to stop millions of debtors from receiving what they say is direly needed student loan forgiveness. Even if it fails, the lawsuit exposes the loyalties of the Republican Party, the senator said. “Republican officials are so angry about [President Joe Biden] helping working people that they’re suing to stop student debt cancellation,” Warren wrote on Twitter. “It won’t work, but it shows their priorities: putting the profits of corporate loan servicers over relief for working-class & middle-class Americans.” On Thursday, six Republican-led states filed…

Warren and Markey Urge Loosening of Restrictions on Testosterone Access

Originally published by The 19th. Many transmasculine and nonbinary people need testosterone as part of their transition, to align their gender expression with their identity or alleviate the distress of gender dysphoria. It’s a crucial step for the mental and emotional health of many trans people. Testosterone is also a controlled substance, which means accessing it can be fraught — and the restrictions can leave some without access to their prescriptions. With that in mind, Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, both Massachusetts Democrats, are pushing federal agencies to loosen restrictions on testosterone to make it easier for trans people…

Pelosi Says Congressional Stock Ban Bill Is Ready to Come to a Vote This Month

Long-awaited legislation banning members of Congress from being able to trade individual stocks is ready to come to a vote as soon as this month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said in her weekly news briefing on Wednesday. Lawmakers have been discussing the legislation for months and made some revelations on Wednesday morning, Pelosi said. “We believe we have a product that we can bring to the floor this month,” she said, which she characterized as “exciting.” It’s unclear what’s in the bill or how much support it will have from Congress, though the general idea does appear to have…

Elizabeth Warren Introduces Bill to Ban Anti-Union “Right-to-Work” Laws

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) has introduced a bill that would ban states from implementing so-called “right-to-work” laws, which suppress union activity and make it more difficult for workers to form unions. The bill, which was previously introduced in 2017 and 2020, is known as the Protecting Workers and Improving Labor Standards Act. It would rescind “right-to-work” laws — which are currently in place in 27 states and Guam — that prohibit unions from collecting dues from non-union members who are still covered under a union contract. Labor organizers have long advocated against such laws, saying they lower wages and worsen…

22 Government Watchdogs Ask Pelosi and Schumer to Act on Congressional Stock Ban

A coalition of government watchdog and advocacy groups sent a letter to Democratic leaders on Tuesday, urging them to take action to ban members of Congress from trading individual stocks, a move the organizations say is crucial to protecting democracy and preserving Congress’s legitimacy. The group of 22 organizations told Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) in their letter that the Democrats must bring a stock ban to a vote before the November elections usher in a new Congress, and that the leaders must throw their support behind a ban in order to…