DEFAULT AVERTED, NOW WHAT? – With the shutdown over and debt ceiling crisis averted (for now) progressives are looking to fix the fundamental issues related to the ongoing fiscal debates in Washington. David Callahan of Demos released a statement urging the President not to buckle on upcoming budget negotiations and the Center for American Progress published a new report today highlighting solutions to end austerity. Credo Action also launched two petitions, one reprimanding House Republicans and the other thanking Harry Reid. SIGN them HERE and HERE.
Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich: “… the real action between now and January 15 will be over the federal budget. The threat of another government shutdown is the only major bargaining leverage House Republicans possess in order to get what they consider ‘MEANINGFUL’ CONCESSIONS… The President has now scored a victory over extremist Republicans. But the fight will continue. He mustn’t relinquish ground during the upcoming cease-fire.”
READ: “The Government Shutdown Was a War Against the Poor” over at The Nation.
MEDICAL DEVICE TAX STILL UP FOR DEBATE — 105 organizations including the AFL-CIO, Americans for Tax Fairness, Campaign for America’s Future, Citizens for Tax Justice, MomsRising, MoveOn.org and NOW sent a letter to Congress on Tuesday opposing the proposed repeal of the medical devices excise tax. This 2.3 percent tax helps cover costs for the health insurance of 25 million Americans under the Affordable Care Act. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities also recently released a report highlighting how the medical industry’s lobbyists have been distorting the political and economic implications of the tax. READ the full letter to Congress HERE.
YELLEN SHATTERS GLASS CEILING — President and CEO of the Center for American Progress Neera Tanden lauded the President’s historic nomination of Janet Yellen as Head of the Federal Reserve: “Janet Yellen’s long history of experience with central banking makes her an excellent choice to lead the Federal Reserve. Her exceptional ability to understand how policies impact our country’s financial performance will be key to ensuring that America continues down a path toward full economic recovery. And as the first woman to run the Fed, Janet is breaking yet another glass ceiling in an arena full of gender barriers. Because of her leadership, determination, and courage, more little girls around the world can dream of someday running economies.” READ: “Welcome to the Humanist Reserve, Led by Janet Yellen.”
NOTHING TO SAVE (EXCEPT VOTING RIGHTS) — Advancement Project and over 20 other civil rights and immigrant justice organizations questioned the implications of Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner’s recent five-day Voter Purge tour. Detzner met with Supervisors of Elections throughout the state in the hope that they would cross list the state’s voter registration system with the Department of Homeland Security’s System Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database to determine voter eligibility. SAVE does not definitively verify citizenship status and could target naturalized citizens. Detzner and his staff failed to give clear justification for their unwarranted efforts when pressed by the progressive organizations during the tour. READ the full policy statement HERE.
MAKING PROGRESS — CAP will be celebrating ten years on Thursday, October 24th at their 2013 Progressive Party with special guest Hillary Rodham Clinton. It will take place at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington D.C. RSVP and FIND out more HERE.
ON OUR AGENDA, FROM THE WONK WIRE …
… TOP WONK WINS NOBEL PRIZE! … PP congratulates Case-Shiller Index author and Top Wonk Robert Shiller for being awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science. The committee selected Shiller, along with Eugene Fama and Lars Peter Hanson, “for their empirical analysis of asset prices.” READ articles by Shiller HERE.
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