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  • Another Democratic Congress? It could be awhile (No Dem hope for a quick turnaround in 2012)

    11/08/2010 10:07:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    SALON ^ | 11/08/2010 | MARK GREENBAUM
    To everyone's surprise, Nancy Pelosi wants to return as the Democrats' leader in the next Congress. But if she's hoping for a big Democratic year in 2012 that would give her the speaker's gavel back, she might want to look closer at Tuesday's results: Based on the breadth and scope of their losses, it is going be almost impossible for Democrats to retake the House in the next 10 years. While Democrats’ historic loss of at least 61 seats (results are still pending in a handful of districts) can be traced to a diverse set of factors, the majority of...
  • Do-nothing Democrats (Even the Washington ComPost is Turning on the Dems)

    09/22/2010 2:01:02 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 7 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 09/22/10 | Dana Milbank
    Reporters walking into House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's office Tuesday morning noticed an open supply cabinet with a tape measure on the shelf. It was a strange bit of office equipment. Are Democrats so resigned to defeat that they're expecting Republicans to stop by and take measurements of the majority offices? They still have their largest majority in decades, but the Democrats have succumbed to paralysis in the closing days of the legislative session. Congress has yet to pass a budget or a single one of the annual spending bills. Plans to spur the economy with tax cuts await action....
  • Come Into My Parlor

    02/10/2010 4:22:39 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 524+ views ^ | February 10, 2010 | INVESTMENT BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: The GOP has been invited by the administration to a health care summit. Will it be an effort to pass real reform, or an attempt to lure Republicans into a bipartisan disaster? When Democrats thought their absolute majorities in the House and Senate guaranteed the passage of government-run health care, they had no use for either GOP input or transparency. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid were quite content to fundamentally transform one-sixth of the American economy behind the closed doors of a Senate room. They dismissed the rising anger of the...
  • Dems Double Down

    01/20/2010 4:11:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 995+ views ^ | January 20, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Health Care: Will the administration seize the moment of Scott Brown's victory to work out real solutions, or will it follow Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid over the cliff? Or is it just about government control? Before Sen.-elect Brown became the Scott heard 'round the world, House Speaker Pelosi was asked what his victory in the bluest of blue states would mean. "Certainly the dynamic will change depending on what happens in Massachusetts," she replied in a bit of an understatement. The dynamic has changed, yet the Democrats, as the country song goes, apparently don't know when to hold them...
  • Warden Pelosi

    11/09/2009 5:16:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 1,655+ views ^ | November 9, 2009
    Health Care Reform: Failure to buy health insurance in the just-passed health care bill could get you five years in jail with a $250,000 fine. How can violating a law that's unconstitutional be a felony? The passage last Saturday night of the House health care measure by a fragile 220-215 margin may well prove to be a Pyrrhic victory. In polls, townhall meetings and tea parties, Americans have shown they don't want a "reform" that costs a staggering $1.2 trillion yet fails to meet the left's desire of insuring all the uninsured. And they certainly don't want a bill that...
  • Why No Testimony From McChrystal?

    10/07/2009 4:42:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 1,247+ views
    IBD Editorial ^ | October 7, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    War Strategy: When Bush and Petraeus proposed the surge in Iraq, Democrats demanded that the general testify before Congress. So why has the Senate blocked a similar invitation to our commander in Afghanistan? Those with memories longer than the 24-hour news cycle recall that in the dark days of the Iraq War, David Petraeus was summoned to Washington to explain the surge strategy that would eventually lead to victory in Iraq. Democrats hoped for a show trial. took out a full-page ad in the New York Times labeling the commanding general of our efforts in Iraq "General Betray-us." Then...
  • Democrats Wield The Patriot Ax

    10/05/2009 5:03:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 2,152+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 5, 2009 | INVESTORS BUISNESS DAILY Staff
    Homeland Security: Provisions of the law that spared New York another 9/11 are set to expire Dec. 31. So why do Democrats want to gut this law and remove the immunity telecom companies have for helping protect America? To borrow a British expression from World War II, it was a very near thing. The capture, arrest and indictment of 24-year-old Afghan immigrant Najubullah Zazi before he could set off bombs made from store-bought chemicals prevented a tragedy of potentially devastating proportions. It wouldn't have happened if the critics of Patriot Act had their way. The capture of Zazi was made...
  • N.Y. Rep. Tim Bishop Called Town Halls "Pointless"

    08/22/2009 11:12:18 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 27 replies · 978+ views
    Politico ^ | July 31, 2009 | Alex Isenstadt
    On the eve of the August recess, members are reporting meetings that have gone terribly awry, marked by angry, sign-carrying mobs and disruptive behavior. In at least one case, a congressman has stopped holding town hall events because the situation has spiraled so far out of control. “I had felt they would be pointless,” Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) told POLITICO, referring to his recent decision to temporarily suspend the events in his Long Island district. “There is no point in meeting with my constituents and [to] listen to them and have them listen to you if what is basically an...
  • N.Y. Rep. Tim Bishop To Hold Aug. 27 Town Hall Meeting

    08/22/2009 1:43:00 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 4 replies · 421+ views
    TimBishop.House.Gov ^ | August 21, 2009 | Staff
    On Thursday, August 27 at 6:30pm, Congressman Tim Bishop will host a Town Hall meeting at Brookhaven Town Hall, located at 1 Independence Hill in Farmingville. The meeting is open to all members of the public. Congressman Bishop has spent the month of August focused on health care policy, including meeting with dozens of constituents to discuss where they stand, hosting tele-Town Hall meetings with thousands of people, studying the legislation that is currently before the House of Representatives, and personally calling constituents who have contacted his office. Congressman Bishop is currently undecided on how he will vote on health...
  • Congressmen On Milk Cartons?

    08/18/2009 5:29:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 840+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 18, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Leadership: Scores of congressmen and women are trying to hide from their constituents this August recess as the revolt over ObamaCare continues. If you haven't seen him or her lately, you might try your refrigerator.IBD Exclusive Series: Government-Run Healthcare: A Prescription For FailureIt's amazing how frightened of the community the party of the great community organizer has become now that the community has organized itself against his attempt to impose socialized medicine on the country. They cheered when he told them to get in the faces of their opponents. Now they won't show their faces, period. Senate Majority Whip Dick...
  • Geezers With Pitchforks Vs. The AARP

    08/07/2009 6:08:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 86 replies · 3,707+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 7, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    IBD Exclusive Series: Government-Run Healthcare: A Prescription For Failure Discourse: At a town hall last week in Dallas, an elderly "mob" with "manufactured" outrage questioned AARP's support for nationalized health care, asking: "Do you work for us or do we work for you?"There were no swastika-wearing grannies at Tuesday's meeting, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi might claim. Nor were they "taking their cues from talk show hosts, Internet rumor-mongers . . . and insurance rackets," as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said. But they were mad as hell at the perception that AARP was selling them out in the...
  • Politicians, Heal Thyselves!

    07/24/2009 5:44:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 1,023+ views
    IBD Editorial ^ | July 24, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSENISS DAILY Staff
    Health Reform: If Democrats in Washington think their health care reform with a public option is a good thing, why have they exempted themselves from it? Why isn't what's good for their constituents good for them?During ABC's June 24 infomercial for government-run health care broadcast from the White House, President Obama was asked if he and his family would abide by the restrictions and limitations that came with his proposed reforms. In what Ed Morrissey at called "Obama's Michael Dukakis moment," President Obama refused to make such a pledge and confessed that if "it's my family member, if it's...
  • Provisions in OBAMACARE Will Force You Into Managed Care

    07/17/2009 5:56:41 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 12 replies · 614+ views
    NY Post/The Lid ^ | 7/17/09 | The Lid
    ...Here's a little secret that congress isn't telling you about. Even if you won't be forced to switch to Uncle Sam Care, you will be forced to switch to Managed Care Plan so your health care can be rationed. Congress has even placed provisions in their bills to accelerate the process. .
  • Bye-Bye Burris

    07/10/2009 6:21:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 1,510+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 10, 2009
    Politics: The career of Roland Burris, a political cipher from Illinois who became a U.S. senator and the lamest of ducks, is over. He can now retire into the obscurity he so richly deserves.Having obtained the seat under a cloud of typical Illinois corruption, Burris announced Friday he won't run for a full term in 2010. He was appointed by the former and recently impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich who, among his other accomplishments, tried to auction off the seat formerly held by Barack Obama. Blagojevich was forced out of office and may soon join other Illinois governors who went on...
  • Another Do Nothing Congress

    12/21/2007 1:50:08 PM PST · by TheNewPundit · 3 replies · 38+ views
    I'm A Pundit Too ^ | 12/20/07 | Troy Stouffer
    In January of 2007, the control of Congress was handed over to the Democratic party leadership under the mantra of “A New Direction”. After 11 months of control, the 110th Congress has one of the lowest approval ratings in history. The Democrats used the negative numbers in their campaigns last year to help retake control of both houses of Congress. Just before the November elections last year the Republican controlled Congress had a similarly low approval, but after a year of Democrat control, the voting public appears to have the same level of disdain for the way that the Democrats...
  • Who bears blame for anti-war failures? (Barf Alert!)

    09/19/2007 12:00:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 188+ views
    The Politico ^ | September 18, 2007 | Dan Gerstein
    For many in Washington, the biggest unanswered question from Army. Gen. David Petraeus’ high-profile, low-satisfaction testimony last week was not about military strategy but about political tactics. Why has the anti-war movement been unable to translate the clear public mandate they claim into any clear change in our government’s Iraq policy? To most war opponents, the blame increasingly lies with the Democratic leadership in Congress, for not taking a hard enough line with President Bush and not fighting to cut off war funding. And their frustration is visibly bubbling over — the provocative group Code Pink, for example, has actually...
  • Dems Already Dismissing Petreaus Report

    09/06/2007 8:46:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies · 1,147+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 5, 2007 | Rick Moran
    As a political party, the Democrats sure make lousy psychics. You may recall Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's famous utterance that the surge was a "failure" even before half the additional troops earmarked for Iraq had arrived. Now the Democrats have turned their powers of prognositication on the report to be delivered by General Petraus next week before Congress and are already dismissing it as unreliable despite the fact they haven't heard or seen it:
  • Enough is Enough (Democrats Steal House Vote)

    08/07/2007 5:03:25 AM PDT · by OKIEDOC · 37 replies · 2,231+ views ^ | Monday, August 6, 2007 | John Boehner
    Seven months have passed since I handed the gavel to Nancy Pelosi, formally returning control of the House to Democrats for the first time in 12 years. In my remarks to the House that day, I offered a bit of advice to the members of the incoming majority. I told them: “A congressional majority is simply a means to an end. The value of a majority lies not in the chance to wield great power, but in the chance to use limited power to do great things. “The [American] people don’t care which party controls it; what they want is...
  • Kos is Far Worse than an Ideological Bomb-Thrower.

    08/06/2007 7:25:47 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 42 replies · 1,951+ views ^ | 6 August 2007 | .cnI redruM
    Markos Moulitsas Zuniga (AKA Kos) has a reputation as an ideologue and a bomb-thrower. I wish this were true, since he succeeds in helping Democrats win elections. He also raises enough money and attracts enough attention to keep liberal memes afloat, even when they lose. Alas, this isn’t the case. Kos is far worse. He’s a power-monger with no ideas. Kos openly admits this. He once said he was not trying to be the next Jesse Jackson. What he meant was that he was a political tactician, rather than a movement philosopher. He describes himself as being all about winning....
  • Democrats Pushing to Avoid a ‘Do-Nothing’ Label

    07/25/2007 11:46:43 AM PDT · by keepitreal · 12 replies · 538+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 25, 2007 | CARL HULSE
    WASHINGTON, July 24 — Congressional Democrats celebrated the first minimum wage increase in a decade on Tuesday with a festive labor rally across from the Capitol. But they know they will have to accomplish considerably more to avoid the sort of do-nothing labels they hung on Republicans not too long ago “It is not enough, but it is a great start,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said as she told the cheering crowd that the wage increase that took effect Tuesday was just one element of a middle-class economic program that includes college tuition help, expanded health care coverage and other emerging...
  • Libs Want Another, Bigger Increase to the Minimum Wage

    07/25/2007 10:45:52 AM PDT · by DCJeanGrey · 42 replies · 823+ views ^ | July 25, 2007 | Amanda Carpenter
    he day the first minimum wage increase in 10 years was enacted, Democrats and Big Labor made it clear they would ask for another hike soon. On Tuesday, a 70 cent increase to the federal minimum wage went into effect. The minimum wage increase, passed by the Democrat-controlled Congress in May, will increase 70 cents twice more over the next two years, until it reaches $7.25 in 2009. To celebrate, labor activists held a rally on Capitol Hill to thank congressional Democrats for delivering the pay raise—and demanded more. “Even when we get to $7.25, it’s not enough. We have...
  • If At First You Don’t Succeed – Cry, Cry Again

    07/24/2007 12:28:25 PM PDT · by Dr.Syn · 16 replies · 994+ views ^ | July 24, 2007 | Dan Sargis
      If At First You Don’t Succeed –Cry, Cry Again July 26, 2007 The latest skirmish in the ongoing battle between American security and Muslim sensitivities finds Congressional Democrats looking for any way to deep-six ANY legislation that provides “liability protection for individuals who report suspicious behavior to law enforcement agencies”...otherwise known as “John Doe” or “Flying Imam” amendments. Would the Democrats really do that?  Would the Democrats really sacrifice the lives of the American public at the altar of political correctness?  Would the Democrats really play kissy-face with Muslim interest groups and trade your lives for their votes?  Would the Democrats...
  • H.R. 2834 - Proposed Tax Increase?

    07/18/2007 9:54:57 PM PDT · by gpapa · 17 replies · 1,000+ views ^ | July 19, 2007 | Paul Weyrich
    Guess what? Prominent Democrats in Congress may soon pass a huge tax increase. This tax increase will affect all, not just Wall Street. Because what is proposed is almost unknown to the American people and unless you, the American people, learn about this tax increase and protest to high heaven, they will succeed. The proposed tax increase is H.R. 2834, a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to treat income received by partners for performing investment management services as ordinary income received for the performance of services. It sounds innocent, but the truth is that since Harry...
  • Disarmed by the Dems On John Doe

    07/20/2007 7:34:28 AM PDT · by AliVeritas · 21 replies · 1,051+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | July 20, 2007 | Debra Burlingame
    Be Our Guest He's your son, riding a commuter train to work. Your daughter, taking the subway to go shopping downtown. Your grandparent, boarding an airplane at JFK en route to a family reunion. Your husband or wife, working anywhere in America. John Doe is you. Me. All of us. And he's in trouble. Yesterday, members of Congress met in conference to finalize provisions of the 9/11 security bill, which implements the final recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. But as of press time, the Democratic majority was using a technicality to block the so-called John Doe amendment from being included...
  • Senate Democrats foil attempt to bar 'Fairness Doctrine'

    07/20/2007 8:48:33 AM PDT · by JKrive · 24 replies · 3,210+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Kara Rowland
    Senate Democrats last night beat back a Republican attempt to attach an anti-Fairness Doctrine bill as an amendment to education legislation. The doctrine, a former requirement that broadcasters present opposing points of view on political issues, was scrapped in 1987 by the Federal Communications Commission, which said the policy restricted journalistic freedom. The bill by Sen. Norm Coleman, Minnesota Republican, would prevent the FCC from reinstating the doctrine. "We live in an age of satellite radio, of broadband, of blogs, of Internet, of cable TV, of broadcast TV. There is no limitation on the ability of anyone from any political...
  • Reid: Pull Troops or We Won’t Pay Them

    07/21/2007 7:57:46 AM PDT · by txradioguy · 263 replies · 4,702+ views ^ | 20 July 2007 | Amanda Carpenter
    If Majority Leader Harry Reid can’t start pulling troops out of Iraq, he doesn’t want to start paying them any more either. After an amendment to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq within 120 days failed to receive the 60 votes needed to proceed, Reid set the entire defense authorization bill aside. By doing so, he shelved a 3.5 percent pay raise for all uniformed service personnel, $4 billion in equipment upgrades and a new program to treat traumatic brain injuries. To increase pressure on Republicans to support the measure, sponsored by Sen. Carl Levin (D.-Mich.) and Sen. Jack Reed...
  • 'They' still have no plan

    07/14/2007 1:03:55 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 11 replies · 604+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/13/07 | House Editorial
    "Is there not a moral obligation of the United States to make sure that the Iraqi people are safe before the U.S. withdraws?" ABC News' Jake Tapper asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid yesterday. As Mr. Tapper summarized the exchange, "I tried to get an answer... I did not succeed." Mr. Reid's response to this very reasonable question was to dodge here, dodge there, and never answer directly. He cited Iraqi opinion polls showing that 69 percent of Iraqis feel less safe because of the U.S. presence. He cited the war's cost of many billions and the 600 dead Americans...
  • Voters unhappy with Bush; Congress: Reuters poll (Worst ratings for Congress ever by Zogby)

    07/19/2007 6:14:12 AM PDT · by tlb · 28 replies · 858+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Jul 18, 2007 | John Whitesides
    In the national survey of 1,012 likely voters, taken July 12 through July 14, about 66 percent said Bush had done only a fair or poor job as president, with 34 percent ranking his performance as excellent or good. That is up slightly from his low of 30 percent in early March and in line with other national polls showing Bush's approval ratings lingering at or near historically low levels amid continued chaos and bloodshed in Iraq. But the marks for Congress, mired in gridlock over a series of partisan political battles after Democrats took power in the 2006 elections,...
  • Breaking: Reid Yanks Defense Authorization Bill To Force GOP's Hand

    07/18/2007 9:38:10 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 305 replies · 14,620+ views
    TPM CAFE ^ | 7-18-07 | Greg Sargent
    Ratcheting up the stakes in the wake of the GOP's successful blocking of a vote on Iraq withdrawal just moments ago, Harry Reid just announced on the Senate floor that he won't allow a vote on the entire Defense Authorization bill until the Senate GOP drops its filibustering of votes on Iraq. The move is significant because it could hold up the funding of the Pentagon's fiscal 2008 priorities until the standoff is resolved. It comes only moments after the Republican filibuster succeeded in preventing a vote on the Reed-Levin amendment, which would have mandated withdrawal by April 2008. Reid...
  • Belabor the Point [Dems Finally Find a Gov't Program to Cut]

    07/17/2007 9:22:08 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 11 replies · 557+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 17 July 2007 | John Fund
    The new Democratic Congress has finally found a government agency whose budget It wants to cut: an obscure Labor Department office that monitors the compliance of unions with federal law. In the past six years, the Office of Labor Management Standards, or OLMS, has helped secure the convictions of 775 corrupt union officials and court-ordered restitution to union members of over $70 million in dues. The House is set to vote Thursday on a proposal to chop 20% from the OLMS budget. Every other Labor Department enforcement agency is due for a budget increase, and overall the Congress has added...
  • Democrats promised way more than they've delivered so far

    06/22/2007 3:27:06 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 27 replies · 894+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 22, 2007 | Jill Zuckman
    WASHINGTON -- In the heat of their successful campaign last year to retake the House and Senate, Democrats made voters promise after promise. They promised to end the war in Iraq. They promised to expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. They promised to lower prescription drug prices for seniors and raise the minimum wage. But six months after taking over Congress, Democrats find they have accomplished little of their agenda. Perhaps not coincidentally, Congress' job approval rating has reached a dramatic low, tumbling 13 points since February to 24 percent, according to the Gallup Poll. Republicans, damaged by...
  • Poll: Americans Give Democratic Congress All-Time Low Rating

    06/22/2007 11:17:48 AM PDT · by stm · 35 replies · 1,244+ views
    Fox News ^ | 22 June 07 | Fox News
    WASHINGTON — Democrats pledged to take Congress in a new direction when it won control in November 2006, but less than six months after taking the reins, Americans aren't pleased with the results, giving lawmakers an all-time low public confidence rating. In a Gallup poll released Thursday, only 14 percent of Americans have a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in Congress, a Gallup poll reports. The poll shows an all-time lowest confidence rating and one of the lowest ratings for any institution in 30 years. The lowest confidence rating for Congress was 18 percent during 1991 to...
  • Politicians Set Their Prices - The Democratic Congress seems intent on reviving the worst ideas...

    05/17/2007 11:12:44 AM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 644+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 17, 2007 | Carrie Lukas
    May 17, 2007, 6:02 a.m. Politicians Set Their PricesThe Democratic Congress seems intent on reviving the worst ideas of our past. By Carrie Lukas Apparently some lessons we must relearn. One might assume our disastrous economic flirtation with socialism in the 1970s — never mind the sorry record of command-and-control economics in the former Soviet bloc — would have buried the concept of government wage- and price-controls for at least a generation. Yet this Congress appears intent on resurrecting the worst policies of the past. Price controls have superficial appeal. The average gas-price rose more than 10 percent last...
  • Inside the Beltway-Democratic Chairman Was for Iraq Troop Surge Until Bush Proposed It

    01/18/2007 9:42:22 AM PST · by MikeA · 11 replies · 567+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 01/17/06 | John McCaslin
    On Dec. 5, Newsweek magazine touted an interview with then-incoming House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep. Silvestre Reyes as an "exclusive." "In a surprise twist in the debate over Iraq," the story began, Mr. Reyes "said he wants to see an increase of 20,000 to 30,000 U.S. troops as part of a 'stepped up effort to dismantle the militias.' " "We have to consider the need for additional troops to be in Iraq, to take out the militias and stabilize Iraq," the Texas Democrat said to the surprise of many, "I would say 20,000 to 30,000." Then came...
  • Dems Return to Power With a Long Wish List (DemoCrites Stop Pretending to Be Against Deficits)

    11/21/2006 4:01:14 PM PST · by MikeA · 12 replies · 647+ views
    AOL ^ | 11/21/06 | Richard Wolf
    Democrats will return to power in Congress with a lengthy list of expensive priorities and a pledge to pay for them. Some budget experts say the dual goals don't add up. Democratic leaders have endorsed an ambitious agenda that includes fortifying the military, improving homeland security, helping veterans, making college more affordable, establishing energy independence and boosting private savings rates. Annual tab: at least $79 billion, according to the National Taxpayers Union, a group opposed to higher taxes. They also want to protect 20 million upper middle-income taxpayers from the alternative minimum tax. It was originally designed to ensure the...
  • Labor seeks political payback : AFL-CIO head says elections 'mandate for union agenda'

    11/18/2006 8:01:49 AM PST · by george76 · 70 replies · 1,895+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 18, 2006 | Will Lester
    Unions spent more than $100 million getting out the vote, knocked on millions of doors and delivered Election Day support to Democrats running for the House by a more than 2-to-1 ratio. Now organized labor is spelling out what it wants from the new Democratic Congress. The priorities include raising the minimum wage, expanding health care and improving pension protections. AFL-CIO President John Sweeney sees the elections as a "mandate for a union agenda." Likewise, says Bill Samuel, legislative director for the AFL-CIO, "we have an opportunity to push our agenda... The AFL-CIO executive council is scheduled to meet Tuesday...