By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: March 26, 2019 at 4:07 pm | UPDATED: March 26, 2019 at 4:07 pm By Laura Meckler | Washington Post WASHINGTON – Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday defended her request to cut billions of dollars from the agency’s budget, and Democrats attacked her plan as outrageous and damaging to students who need the most help. Democrats were also cold to DeVos’ plan to use the federal tax code to support private-school scholarships, suggesting that the secretary’s priorities will face another tough year in Congress. “I believe this budget is cruel, and I believe it is reckless,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., who leads the education subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee and presided over the hearing Tuesday. “I really am left with a very serious question for you: How can you support this budget? I mean that genuinely.” Lawmakers singled out a range of programs targeted for cuts or … [Read more...] about DeVos’ budget proposal cuts billions from education
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A top policy priority for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a Green New Deal – a comprehensive plan to address climate change. Ocasio-Cortez wants the US to implement a carbon-free, 100% renewable energy system and a modernised electrical grid by 2035. The Green New Deal proposal is meant to stimulate the economy by increasing public investment in clean-energy jobs and infrastructure projects. The specifics of the plan aren’t yet nailed down, but here’s everything we know so far. Anyone who’s followed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s rise to power has probably heard about the “Green New Deal.” It’s an idea touted by Democrats – Senator Kamala Harris just endorsed it too – as a way to address climate change by investing federal money in large-scale infrastructure projects that help the country transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy. In the process, it would ideally create a wealth of American jobs. … [Read more...] about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is calling for a Green New Deal as the ‘moonshot’ of our generation. Here’s everything we know about it so far.
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WASHINGTON — The partial government shutdown is slowing plans by some companies to issue stock to the public and potentially cutting off a key source of capital for the financial markets. The shutdown, now in its fourth week, has all but darkened the Securities and Exchange Commission, the government agency that oversees the markets. Most of the SEC's 4,400-person staff is furloughed, including lawyers and other staffers who must approve corporate paperwork for initial public offerings. This process typically takes two to three months. Companies that have been moving toward issuing initial public offerings of stock in the coming months include such high-profile names as the ride hailing firms Uber and Lyft and the image-sharing platform Pinterest. Among the others are biotech and health sciences companies that depend on funding from the public markets that finance IPOs. Billions of dollars are at stake for the companies as well as millions in fees for the Wall Street firms that … [Read more...] about Going public? For Uber, Lyft and others, shutdown slows IPOs
Suspended food safety tests, vanishing airport security workers, an explosion of trash and human waste in national parks: The ongoing federal government shutdown, poised to become the longest such closure in U.S. history, is affecting Americans in a variety of ways. But there may not be a group of people who are experiencing the full range of the shutdown’s effects — from the merely inconvenient to the genuinely life-threatening — as deeply as the country’s American Indian and Alaskan Native tribes. Tribes rely on the federal government to fund and administer programs that are vital to the survival and well-being of their communities — an obligation rooted in treaties between tribal nations, whose lands were largely ceded to Washington, and the U.S. government, which in return pledged them financial support. Though many of the government’s core obligations, like defense, remain funded during this shutdown, its so-called “treaty … [Read more...] about ‘Catastrophic:’ Minnesota’s tribal communities face deep service cuts, tough choices as government shutdown drags on