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House Bans Misleading Census Mailings PDF Print E-mail

The 416-0 vote Wednesday follows criticism that Republican groups were sending fundraising letters using the census name.  Under the bill, mailings marked "census" will be required to state the name and address of the sender, along with an unambiguous disclaimer ...

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Obama Seeks Low-Income Loans PDF Print E-mail

Obama Seeks More Small Business Loans for Low-Income Communities. The Obama administration is trying to prop up small businesses with more funding for community development banks.

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Jobs agenda stalled at both ends of the Capitol PDF Print E-mail

Two days after the Senate passed a jobs bill with bipartisan fanfare, Democrats' efforts to boost the economy are now stalled at both ends of the Capitol.

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Dodd Scraps Obama’s Consumer Agency PDF Print E-mail

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd abandoned the Obama administration’s stand- alone consumer financial agency and is proposing a bureau in the Treasury Department, seeking to overcome Republican opposition to legislation overhauling Wall Street regulations.

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd abandoned the Obama administration’s stand- alone consumer financial agency and is proposing a bureau in the Treasury Department, seeking to overcome Republican opposition to legislation overhauling Wall Street regulations.

The Bureau of Financial Protection would be run by a director appointed by the president, have power to write rules for companies offering financial services and be funded mainly through industry fees, according to a two-page summary the Connecticut Democrat circulated this weekend.

“It is one of several proposals he has advanced to seek a bipartisan consensus and enhance consumer protection,” Dodd spokeswoman Kirstin Brost said yesterday in an e-mail. “We do not have an agreement.”

Dodd’s plan is aimed at breaking a deadlock with committee Republicans, who oppose the independent Consumer Financial Protection Agency sought by President Barack Obama in his June financial regulations proposal. The disagreement has stalled Senate negotiations on the overall financial regulatory bill.

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Obama endorses Sheila Jackson Lee PDF Print E-mail

“The Big Enchilada!”  That's how a spokesman for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee described the endorsement that came the Democratic congresswoman's way Saturday afternoon.

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Conservatives Take Aim At Fringe PDF Print E-mail

Taking aim at the movement's extremist elements, after months of struggling to harness the energy of newly engaged tea party activists.

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Time to Repeal ALEC/NRA Stand Your Ground Laws: The acquittal of George Zimmerman for killing unarmed high-schooler Trayvon Martin serves as a reminder of the continuing inequities in America's criminal justice system. ...
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