State of the Union Address
Last week marked President Obama's first State of the Union Address. He discussed his visions for rebuilding the economy, and his plans for the 2010-2011 budget, the federal deficit and his support for repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT). While there are plenty of things that we agree with the President on, ADA strongly disagrees with his proposed spending freeze on non-defense discretionary spending. With unemployment still rising (in December, unemployment rose in 43 states), job creation is critical for ending the Great Recession. Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute, wrote this eye-opening article about the economic consequences we might face if the spending freeze is enacted.
ADA Rallies outside of the Chamber of Commerce Headquarters
Thanks to everyone that made it down to the rally last week! We rallied with our allies for real health care reform outside the home of the largest business lobby in America.
Ben Bernanke Confirmed for Second Four Year Term
In a 70-30 vote in the Senate (the highest number of Senators ever to vote against a Federal Reserve nominee), Ben Bernanke was confirmed for a second term as Federal Reserve Chairman. It is our view that Mr. Bernanke (who was 1st nominated by former President George W. Bush), was too closely tied to the failed economics of the past. We believe that the Obama Administration needed to make a clean break with a new Federal Reserve Chairman focused on Main Street economics instead of Wall Street economics.
ADA visits the Honorable Representative Bob Filner (CA-D)
Last week we took some time between our move, (Yes, ADA just moved into a new office!), and visited Representative Bob Filner of California. We spoke to him about continuing the fight for health care reform, our concerns on the President's proposed budget freeze and continuing to fight for working families.
ADA is Moving On Up!
The ADA National Office moved last week! We are now located in suite 102, but we're still at 1625 K Street in Washington, DC.
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