A report released last week by Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake found that the Department of Defense has doled out as much as $6.8 million in taxpayer money to professional sports teams. The reason? To conduct “displays of patriotism” as a recruiting tool.
72 of its 122 professional sports contracts contained “paid patriotism.” More than HALF of these contracts used taxpayer dollars to fund on-field color guard ceremonies, performances of the national anthem, ceremonial first...More
Paul Ryan made one thing clear when he became the most powerful Republican in the House: “I cannot and I will not give up my family time.” How could he say this when he has opposed virtually every federal policy favoring paid family leave during his time in office? Join the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in demanding that Speaker Ryan pass paid leave legislation immediately.
The US is the only major country that doesn’t grant workers...More
The average retired worker on Social Security received $15,943 in 2014 -- only 30 percent above the poverty level. And this year, elderly Americans won’t be receiving any cost-of-living increase.
That’s why Senator Elizabeth Warren and 16 other Democratic colleagues proposed an emergency payment to help these seniors make ends meet, and avoid having to choose between life-saving medicine or their next meal.
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Fact: Women in the United States -- who work full time, year round -- are still paid only $0.79 for every dollar paid to men. And African American women and Latinas are paid even less.
Fact: These women are paid, on average, nearly $11,000 less per year than men.
Fact: It will take more than 40 years to close the wage gap at the current pace.
These are all tough facts to face. But you can help turn these facts into...More
Senator Marco Rubio has the single worst attendance record in the Senate. He is literally number 100 out of 100. He skips votes, he skips intelligence briefings, and he even skips routine day-to-day tasks.
And yet, he still collects his full paycheck.
Which has prompted the Sun-Sentinel, one of Florida's largest newspapers, to issue a call for Rubio to resign (...More
The EPA has proposed the first-ever national limits on fracking pollution. But this is only a first step. There’s still more work to do.
Fracking releases benzene, smog, and other harmful pollutants into the air. People — including pregnant women and unborn children — are suffering under the burden of increased air pollution as a consequence of natural gas development. The same leaks and flares that spew harmful pollutants into the local air also release the potent greenhouse gas...More
For decades, Joe Biden has served his nation as an elected official, and a tireless fighter for progressive values.
While he will not be running for president, we have no doubt that he will continue to lead and continue to fight for the values that we hold dear.
Please join us in thanking Joe Biden for all he has done -- and all he will no doubt do in the future. Add your name:
"Thank you, Vice President Biden!"...
It’s astonishing that in the year 2015, we still need to defend access to birth control. Right-wing Republicans are so intent on controlling women's health decisions, they are trying to block access, and in some cases, even ban it outright.
Congresswoman and candidate for U.S. Senate Tammy Duckworth knew it was time to stand up, go on the offensive, and expand access to birth control.
That’s why Tammy Duckworth introduced a bill called the “Affordability is...More
You’ve probably heard of “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli. The CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals – which purchased a critically important drug called “Daraprim” for pregnant women and AIDS patients and immediately increased the price from $13.50 to $750.00 per pill (no that’s not a typo). What’s worse? Just days later he was tweeting about private planes and $20,000 bottles of wine. And after claiming he would lower the price back… he never did.
It’s time to...More
The United States prison population has increased by 700 percent since 1970. One in 99 Americans is incarcerated. Half of the federal prison population is serving time on a drug conviction.
High incarceration rates have disproportionately affected people of color and disadvantaged communities. The costs of incarcerating more and more of our fellow citizens – including many for non-violent drug offenses – have skyrocketed. Too many resources are spent keeping people in prison rather...More