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Congress rolls out ‘Better Deal,’ new economic agenda

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Democrats roll out 'Better Deal,' new economic agenda

Congressional Democrats are rolling out their economic agenda as they try to reclaim the populist mantel from President Trump ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

“President Trump campaigned on a populist platform, talking to working people, that’s why he won. But as he soon as he got into office he abandoned it. … We Democrats are going to fill that vacuum,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said during a press conference in Berryville, Va.

Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), as well as several House and Senate lawmakers, traveled more than an hour away from the Capitol to pitch their “Better Deal” agenda.

The message comes after Democrats have spent months trying to regroup from a surprise election loss, where they were widely expected to hold on to the White House and reclaim the Senate majority.

Schumer on Monday said not having a “strong, bold economic agenda” was the party’s “number one” mistake during the 2016 election.

“When you lose elections, as we did in 2014 and 2016, you don’t flinch, you don’t blink, you look in the mirror and ask, ‘What did we do wrong?’ ” he said.

The first phase of the agenda includes top issues — like lowering prescription drug costs and reining in corporations — for the party’s resurgent progressive wing that frequently clashed with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton‘s presidential campaign.

“Corporate influence over our government has gotten worse under the Trump administration, far worse. President Trump has stacked his administration with a who’s who of big time lobbyist, Wall Street bankers and corporate executives,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said at Monday’s press conference.

Democratic bills from earlier this year, including a $15 federal minimum wage and a $1 trillion infrastructure proposal, are also being folded into their “Better Deal” agenda.

Some progressive groups quickly claimed Democratic leadership’s agenda as a win for their wing of the party.

“It’s a well-earned slap at Blue Dogs who preach a cautious, milquetoast, Republican-lite brand that offers voters no core values for what it means to be a Democrat,” said Adam Green, the co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

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Mayors agree, Congress should invest in affordable housing

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Last month, the United States Conference of Mayors passed a resolution in support of expanding the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, and calling for increased investment in our nation’s critical affordable housing infrastructure. This acknowledgment of the importance of housing programs by local leaders should not go unnoticed by the U.S. Congress.

As public officials from two very different places – New York City and Des Moines – we are united by the shared need for safe and affordable housing in our communities. Our Mayors co-sponsored the Housing Credit resolution to underscore the growing shortage of affordable housing in our cities, and in towns and rural areas across the country. We come together today to call upon our congressional leaders to protect and expand federal housing programs.

The affordable housing crisis is a bipartisan issue that transcends geography. A recent report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition found only 12 counties nationwide where a minimum wage worker can afford a modest two-bedroom apartment. Nationally, one in four renter households pay more than half of their income on housing costs, leaving more than 11 million families one paycheck away from homelessness. 

The negative impacts of housing instability and poor housing quality on families are well- documented. Children’s school performance suffers, the risks of asthma and type II diabetes increase, and families are too often forced to forego other essential expenses, including medicine and healthy food, just so they can make rent.

Ongoing trends in the rental housing market further perpetuate the housing crisis. As an increasing number of Americans look for rental housing, the shortage in supply drives up rents. Meanwhile, wages haven’t kept pace. To reverse this tide, we need to build more housing that is affordable to our nation’s workforce. To do that, we must protect and expand the Low Income Housing Tax Credit.

The Housing Credit is one of the longest-standing public-private partnerships in our nation’s history and continues to be incredibly successful. By offering tax credits to affordable housing developers partnering with investors, this program finances nearly 90 percent of all affordable rental housing in the United States. There is also a critical connection between housing and the economy as a whole. In addition to the fact that workers need homes they can afford near their work, the Housing Credit supports 96,000 jobs every year in the construction and property maintenance industries. New housing is often accompanied by the introduction of commercial and retail space, which bring a variety of employment opportunities into communities.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg optimistic ‘over the long haul’ for US

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reportedly said at a Saturday evening play that she is optimistic about the United States “over the long haul.”

“My hope is in my lifetime we will get back to the way it was,” Ginsburg said about the partisan divide in Washington, D.C., The Wall Street Journal reported.

The justice was attending a play about conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last year.

Ginsburg and Scalia were known for their close relationship, despite polarizing political views and differing interpretations of the law.

Speaking to BBC Newsnight in a rare interview, Justice Ginsburg reiterated the importance of the free press.

“I read the Washington Post and the New York Times every day, and I think that the reporters are trying to tell the public the way things are,” she said.

Justice Ginsburg was nominated by Bill Clinton and is regarded as a liberal.

“Think of what the press has done in the United States,” she said citing the Watergate scandal. “That story might never have come out if we didn’t have the free press that we do.”

Justice Ginsburg was attending the final dress rehearsal of Dead Man Walking at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC – an opera looking at the moral ambiguity of the death penalty in America.

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Poll: Virginia governor’s race in dead heat

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