Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was deemed the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee by the Associated Press Monday night as six states, including California, prepared to hold primary elections on Tuesday.
A proposal to cut Medicare spending in order to fund the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program is being met with fierce opposition from U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL,9), other House Democrats and senior advocates.
On a Monday afternoon conference call, Schakowsky and U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA,6), co-chairs of the Congressional Task Force on Seniors, joined representatives from senior advocacy groups in denouncing a Senate-passed measure that would reauthorize TAA at Medicare's expense. The TAA program provides aid to U.S. workers displaced as a result of trade agreements.
"All of us adamantly reject using Medicare as an ATM for unrelated issues, regardless of their merits," Schakowsky said. "We support Trade Adjustment Assistance. In fact, I'd like to see it improved by increasing benefits, ... but we are adamantly opposed to cutting Medicare to pay for it."
Outlines of a possible compromise that would more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America emerged Thursday as part of President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency border request to address the immigration crisis on the U.S. border with Mexico.
Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez teamed up with the top Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee, to meet Monday with kitchen workers at a local restaurant and deliver a lunchtime plea for Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.
Inaction on immigration reform will have negative consequences for
the mostly white, male-dominated Republican Party during next year’s
election, according to a group of protesters who vowed Saturday to vote
Illinois’ GOP congressional delegates out of office if they do not work towards passing legislation that would overhaul the nation’s broken immigration system.
“Give us a vote on citizenship or risk extinction,” read flyers left outside of U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam's (R, IL-6)
downtown Chicago office doors Saturday as more than 50 immigration reform
advocates chanted, “Remember November!”