Economy

Trump and Leaders of Mexico and Canada Sign New Trade Pact to Revise NAFTA, But Uncertainty Remains
Trade
Trump and Leaders of Mexico and Canada Sign New Trade Pact to Revise NAFTA, But Uncertainty Remains

President Donald Trump and the leaders of Canada and Mexico signed a revision of the quarter-century-old North American Free Trade Agreement early Friday, but their ceremony did not disguise the tensions remaining or... Read More

Exploring the Future of Work
Spotlight
Exploring the Future of Work
2018-11-30 20:29:03
by TWN Staff

As the nature of work dramatically changes in the 21st century, new leaders are emerging to tackle the challenges of our shifting economic landscape. Workers are facing growing uncertainty in the labor market, and their relationship with their employers must ... Read More

Isn’t It Time We Put Borrowers First?
Opinions
Isn’t It Time We Put Borrowers First?
2018-11-27 23:39:56
by Sameh Elamawy

Silicon Valley likes to talk about disruption. From how you hail a cab to how you shop for groceries, technology developed in Silicon Valley has changed almost every part of the average American’s life. But we haven’t disrupted... Read More

Population Growth Doesn’t Equal Wage Growth in These Cities
Economy
Population Growth Doesn’t Equal Wage Growth in These Cities

Since the beginning of the 21st century, Sun Belt cities have drawn flocks of new residents looking for warm weather, recreation and a low cost of living. But instead of creating widespread wealth, the influx has led to a proliferation... Read More

New Peterson Foundation Poll Finds Voters’ Concern for National Debt Is a “Significant Factor” Heading Into Midterm Election
Spotlight
New Peterson Foundation Poll Finds Voters’ Concern for National Debt Is a “Significant Factor” Heading Into Midterm Election
2018-11-02 11:18:05
by TWN Staff

A new poll released by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation finds the national debt is a driving factor for a majority of Americans. According to the poll, conducted by the bipartisan team of polling firms, Global Strategy Group and North... Read More

Bolton Calls National Debt ‘Economic Threat’ to US
Economy
Bolton Calls National Debt ‘Economic Threat’ to US

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton called the national debt a “threat to the society” that requires significant cuts to the government’s discretionary spending. Bolton, speaking Wednesday at an event hosted by the Alexander... Read More

Trump Tax Cuts Will Wait Until 2019 if the GOP is Still in Charge, Says Brady
Economy
Trump Tax Cuts Will Wait Until 2019 if the GOP is Still in Charge, Says Brady

The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee is appearing to punt President Donald Trump’s new middle class tax cut plan to 2019. Rep. Kevin Brady made clear Friday that the additional 10 percent middle class... Read More

Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Trying to Revive Puerto Rico’s Devastated Coffee Industry
Featured
Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Trying to Revive Puerto Rico’s Devastated Coffee Industry

Taking a break from conquering Broadway, making movies and writing books, Lin-Manuel Miranda tromped up a muddy slope in Puerto Rico’s highlands on Wednesday assessing his next challenge: helping revive the island’s ailing coffee industry. Read More

Rising Tide Hasn’t Lifted Trump’s Boat
Economy
Rising Tide Hasn’t Lifted Trump’s Boat

October 19, 2018 By Mark Z. Barabak   [caption id="attachment_2232" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Charts on economic outlook under President Trump. Los Angeles Times 2018[/caption]   RENO, Nev. — When the Great Recession hit, it walloped Nevada like no other state, claiming... Read More

Top-Spending Republican Group Says Little About Trump Tax Law in Campaign
2018 Midterms
Top-Spending Republican Group Says Little About Trump Tax Law in Campaign

A deep-pocketed Republican group that began the year vowing to focus on the tax overhaul has mentioned the GOP’s signature legislative achievement in just a fraction of its TV ads in 2018, a signal that the issue hasn’t... Read More

McConnell Blames Entitlements, Not GOP, for Rising Deficits
In The News
McConnell Blames Entitlements, Not GOP, for Rising Deficits

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday blamed rising federal deficits and debt on a bipartisan unwillingness to contain spending on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, and said he sees little chance of a major deficit reduction deal while Republicans ... Read More

The Data Gap in Measuring Alternative Work
Economy
The Data Gap in Measuring Alternative Work
2018-10-17 01:11:16
by TWN Staff

In recent decades, globalization and technological change has disrupted work and accelerated changing dynamics between workers and companies, giving rise to more alternative work arrangements. Read More

Where Have All the Deficit Hawks Gone?
Congress
Where Have All the Deficit Hawks Gone?
2018-10-17 01:05:08
by TWN Staff

Despite all the blustering on the campaign trail about the debt and deficit, this week the Treasury Department announced a fiscal year 2018 deficit of $779 billion. This is the largest deficit since 2012, two years after the... Read More

FULL VIDEO: Arizona Senate Debate
2018 Midterms
FULL VIDEO: Arizona Senate Debate

Candidates for Arizona’s U.S. Senate seat, U.S. Representatives Kyrsten Sinema (D) and Martha McSally (R), debated at an event hosted by Arizona PBS and the Arizona Republic in Phoenix. They discussed the Trump administration, tariffs, Supreme Court ... Read More

FULL VIDEO: Virginia 7th Congressional District Debate
2018 Midterms
FULL VIDEO: Virginia 7th Congressional District Debate
2018-10-15 01:24:36
by TWN Staff

Candidates for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District seat, incumbent Representative Dave Brat (R) and challenger Abigail Spanberger (D), took part in a debate. They discussed the national debt, education funding, immigration, and health care reform. Read More

Trump’s First Annual Budget Deficit Will be Widest Since 1992
Federal Budget
Trump’s First Annual Budget Deficit Will be Widest Since 1992

The U.S. budget deficit expanded to an estimated $782 billion in Donald Trump’s first full fiscal year as president, which would be the widest fiscal gap since 2012 when the country was still emerging from the 2007-09 recession. Read More

Bipartisan Legislation in New Jersey Extends Funding for Manufacturing Workforce Development
Economy
Bipartisan Legislation in New Jersey Extends Funding for Manufacturing Workforce Development
2018-10-03 00:16:37
by TWN Staff

A recent move by the New Jersey State Senate would provide extended funding for manufacturing workforce development in a state where more than 1 million jobs are supported by the industry. The bipartisan legislation... Read More

Trade
Trump Calls Revamped NAFTA a New Model of US Trade Relations

October 1, 2018 By Don Lee and Jim Puzzanghera WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday lauded the new trade accord with Canada and Mexico as the most important ever for the United States and “a historic win” for American... Read More

White House Formally Taps Rep. Darrell Issa to Lead Trade Agency
In The News
White House Formally Taps Rep. Darrell Issa to Lead Trade Agency

The White House officially nominated Rep. Darrell Issa on Friday to be the new director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. Read More

Farm Bill Set to Expire as House Leadership Cancels All Legislative Activity Until November
Congress
Farm Bill Set to Expire as House Leadership Cancels All Legislative Activity Until November
2018-09-29 00:29:22
by TWN Staff

With the House of Representatives headed home until after the November midterm elections, the Farm Bill is set to expire on Sunday, September 30th.  Read More

Fed Hikes its Key Interest Rate Again and Signals More Increases Coming Despite Trump’s Criticism
Economy
Fed Hikes its Key Interest Rate Again and Signals More Increases Coming Despite Trump’s Criticism

Despite President Donald Trump’s unusual public criticism of their monetary policy, Federal Reserve officials inched up their key interest rate again on Wednesday — and indicated they would be undaunted to do so again in the face of strong economic ... Read More

Senators Launch Bipartisan Effort to Boost Economic Opportunity Through Improved Transportation Access
Transportation
Senators Launch Bipartisan Effort to Boost Economic Opportunity Through Improved Transportation Access
2018-09-26 00:29:08
by TWN Staff

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) have joined together to launch a legislative effort to boost economic opportunity for workers and families through improved access to transportation. Read More

Headed into Midterms, Blue Dogs Focus on Rural America
Spotlight
Headed into Midterms, Blue Dogs Focus on Rural America
2018-09-22 02:11:29
by TWN Staff

As the midterm elections draw near, the Blue Dog Coalition turned its attention to rural America this week. Read More

Internal GOP Poll: ‘We’ve Lost the Messaging Battle’ on Tax Cuts
Polling and Ads
Internal GOP Poll: ‘We’ve Lost the Messaging Battle’ on Tax Cuts

A survey commissioned by the Republican National Committee has led the party to a glum conclusion regarding President Donald Trump’s signature legislative achievement: Voters overwhelmingly believe his tax overhaul helps the wealthy instead of average Americans. Read More

Himes on the Challenges of a Changing Economy: It’s a Legacy Problem, Not a Political One
Innovation
Himes on the Challenges of a Changing Economy: It’s a Legacy Problem, Not a Political One

Leaders across the country at all levels of government and private sector are working to implement innovative policies that address the challenges facing American workers every day. Read More

O’Halleran: Leading the Fight for Rural America
Spotlight
O’Halleran: Leading the Fight for Rural America
2018-09-19 08:38:13
by TWN Staff

Cruising down the Arizona highway in an RV, Congressman Tom O’Halleran, Chairman of the Blue Dog Rural Task Force, was on a mission over August recess: meeting as many constituents as possible. Read More

The three big lessons we didn't learn from the economic crisis
Opinions
The three big lessons we didn't learn from the economic crisis
2018-09-18 11:03:52
by Robert B. Reich

Ten years ago, after making piles of money gambling with other people's money, Wall Street nearly imploded, and the outgoing George W. Bush and incoming Obama administrations bailed out the bankers. America should have learned three big lessons from the ... Read More

Hidden in strong economic statistics, many US firms at home and in China feeling pain of tariffs
Trade
Hidden in strong economic statistics, many US firms at home and in China feeling pain of tariffs

Partially masked by the percolating economy and high-flying stock market, tariffs imposed by the Trump administration and retaliation by U.S. trading partners have begun to cause significant pain for a large and growing swath of U.S. businesses at ... Read More

Congress races to avert government shutdown — and may actually do it
In The News
Congress races to avert government shutdown — and may actually do it

Congress is scrambling to fund much of the federal government before the fiscal year ends, anxious to avoid an unpopular government shutdown or a bitter battle over President Donald Trump's demands for a border wall less than two months before ... Read More

GOP's latest tax-cut bill won't pass, but it could roil midterms in high-tax states like California
Federal Budget
GOP's latest tax-cut bill won't pass, but it could roil midterms in high-tax states like California

Congressional Republicans are launching another tax-cut push this week, but it's more about your November election ballot than your 1040 form. Read More

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