Senate Passes $3.7 Trillion Budget, Its First in 4 Years

Senate Passes $3.7 Trillion Budget, Its First in 4 Years

By Published: March 23, 2013

WASHINGTON — After a grueling, all-night debate that ended close to 5 a.m., the Senate on Saturday adopted its first budget in four years, a $3.7 trillion blueprint for 2014 that would fast-track passage of tax increases, trim spending gingerly and leave the government still deeply in the debt a decade from now.

The 50-to-49 vote sets up contentious — and potentially fruitless — negotiations with the Republican-dominated House in April to reconcile two vastly different plans for dealing with the nation’s economic and budgetary problems. No Republicans voted for the Senate plan on Saturday, and four Democrats — Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mark Begich of Alaska and Max Baucus of Montana — also opposed it. All four are red-state Democrats up for re-election in 2014.

“The Senate has passed a budget,” Senator Patty Murray of Washington, the Senate Budget Committee chairwoman, declared at 4:56 a.m. Continue reading “Senate Passes $3.7 Trillion Budget, Its First in 4 Years”

How to Get Union-Made Shopping Lists Sent to Your Phone

 

09/15/2012; Jackie Tortora

How to Get Union-Made Shopping Lists Sent to Your Phone

Have you ever been browsing the aisles of the grocery store hoping to remember all those union-made products the AFL-CIO Now blog wrote about? Or maybe you’re at the toy store trying to find that perfect gift that’s made in America? Union Plus has a simple solution if you left your shopping list at home.

On your mobile device:

  • Text CARS to 22555 for union-made vehicles.
  • Text BEER to 22555 for union-made beer.
  • Text PETS to 22555 for union-made pet products.
  • Text CANDY to 22555 for union-made candy.
  • Text TOYS to 22555 for union-made toys.

*Message and data rates may apply depending on your cell plan. You can opt out of our text service at any time by replying STOP to any message that you receive.

Reply HELP or contact help@unionplus.org for help.

Union-Made Date Night Ideas

 

09/08/2012; Jackie Tortora

Don't forget to pick up some union-made ice cream for your date night.

If you’ve been glued to the couch all week watching the Democratic National Convention and the NFL season‘s kickoff, you’re probably itching to get out of the house for a little bit. Our friends at Labor 411, the union business directory from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, have compiled a handy list for union date night.

Threads

  • Excelled Sheepskin & Leather Coat Corp.
  • Kenneth Gordon
  • Joseph Abboud
  • Ben Davis
  • Bosca Accessories
  • Jack Victor Ltd.
  • Jones New York
  • Schott N.Y.C.
  • Union Jean Company

Cologne/Perfume

And when you come home after you go out, don’t forget union-made dessert:

Dessert/Chocolate

Check out the printable Union Date Night list. 

Romney campaign unveils first TV ad for swing-state Wisconsin

By Meghashyam Mali – 09/09/12 06:19 AM ET

Mitt Romney‘s campaign on Sunday unveiled its first television ad for Wisconsin, targeting President Obama on the economy.

The ad is the latest in a series titled “A better future” which are set to air in key battleground states.

The video opens with a clip of Romney from his Tampa, Fla. GOP convention address.

Romney campaign unveils first TV ad for swing-state Wisconsin. Continue reading “Romney campaign unveils first TV ad for swing-state Wisconsin”

In Late Boost, Unions Chipped In More for Convention

Washington Wire

September 6, 2012, 1:35 PM

By Alicia Mundy,Associated Press

Delegates hold up signs during union leaders’ speeches at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Labor unions gave new donations to the Democratic Party for its national convention just as delegates were convening for the event, people with knowledge of the matter say.

The contributions marked something of a change for organized labor, which had scaled back its donations compared to prior years. That was due in part to the Democrats’ decision to hold the event in North Carolina, whose right-work-laws are bitterly opposed by unions. Continue reading “In Late Boost, Unions Chipped In More for Convention”