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Saturday
Oct312015

DNC - Huffington Post: DNC Goes All Out On Paul Ryan And Paid Family Leave

DNC Goes All Out On Paul Ryan And Paid Family Leave

Huffington Post // Amanda Terkel

 

The Democratic National Committee is making paid family leave one of its banner issues in the 2016 election cycle, using the ascendance of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as an opportunity to hammer Republicans on the subject. 

 

The House elected Ryan its new speaker on Thursday, succeeding Ohio Republican John Boehner. Ryan wasn't eager for the job; his colleagues pleaded with him to take it after it became clear that no one else with an actual shot of getting enough votes wanted to lead the fractious GOP caucus.

 

Ryan remained skeptical, and extracted a number of concessions from lawmakers before agreeing to run. The most personal condition was that he didn't want to give up his "family time" -- he goes back to Wisconsin each weekend to be with his wife and three young children. 

 

"When Paul Ryan said he won't compromise his family time in order to take a promotion, the first thing many Americans thought is, 'Gee, I wish I had that luxury,'" said Kaylie Hanson, director of women's media at the DNC.

 

The DNC is seizing on Ryan's demand as a way to point out that the United States is the only developed country with no guaranteed paid family leave policy. Republicans have blocked President Barack Obama's attempts to put a law on the books, and Ryan himself has voted against paid family leave legislation. 

 

The committee started its on-the-ground blitz even before Ryan took his new job. 

 

On Monday, Democrats held a press conference in the Wisconsin Republican's home district, featuring families who want him to support paid family leave. 

 

The DNC organized members of Congress from Colorado to go after Ryan and the Republican presidential candidates on paid family leave this week, ahead of Wednesday's GOP primary debate in Boulder. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) wrote an op-ed in the Denver Post, lawmakers spoke to reporters, and state and local officials received briefings on how to message the issue.

 

On Thursday, the committee also held a press call on the issue with party leaders in the early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. 

 

"Now that we have a Speaker Ryan, he should make it a priority to ensure all families can have the same opportunities he possesses, and he should make paid family leave the first bill he brings to the House floor. He should vote families first," Iowa Democratic Party Chair Andy McGuire said on the call.

 

The DNC has also taken its push to social media, launching an email petition and buying ads on Instagram that tie Ryan to the GOP presidential candidates.

 

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) emphasized the issue in a speech at the party's Women's Leadership Forum last week, which attracted about 600 donors. 

 

"Congressman Ryan, you deserve quality time with your family," she said. "I especially know how precious that is. But every mother and father in America deserves that time too, and we Democrats will be loud and clear in calling on you to make paid family leave a priority at the outset of your speakership."

 

Ryan's office didn't return a request for comment Friday, but spokesman Ian Martorana has previously pointed to the congressman's support for the Working Families Flexibility Act. The legislation would loosen federal overtime laws by allowing private sector employees to take "comp" time, instead of pay when they work beyond 40 hours in a week. Democrats and labor unions oppose the measure. 

 

"Throughout his career, congressman Ryan has placed a premium on spending time with his family," Martorana told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this week. "Congressman Ryan is currently a co-sponsor of the Working Families Flexibility Act. This legislation would help people achieve a healthier work-life balance and maintain current employee workplace protections in law." 

Friday
Oct232015

CEI Today: Coalition against fiduciary rule, forced disclosure of worker info to unions, and threats to the sharing economy 

Friday, October 23, 2015
In the News Today

 

FIDUCIARY RULE - JOHN BERLAU

33 Groups Call on Congress to Defund Portfolio Attack by Labor Department


A coalition letter signed by leaders of 33 leaders of free-market and conservative public policy organizations urges Congress to defund the Department of Labor’s (DOL) “fiduciary rule” takeover of 401(k)s and individual retirement accounts (IRAs). The letter, coordinated by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, states that Congress “must exercise its power of the purse” to stop this “action by the administration that has attracted bipartisan opposition owing to the massive negative effects it would have on Americans’ retirement savings.” > Read more

> Interview John Berlau

 

DISCLOSING WORKER INFO TO UNIONS - TREY KOVACS

 

Washington Examiner: Labor board expands burden on business to disclose worker info to unions
 

The requirement that employee contact information be disclosed has been one of the more controversial aspects because of its expansiveness. "It is already bad enough that the NLRB is forcing employers to betray employee trust by handing over their private information to labor unions that do not represent them. Now the NLRB is using the expanded [rule] to give unions another avenue to object to elections results that are unfavorable and force another vote," said Trey Kovacs, policy analyst at the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute. > Read the Washington Examiner story

 

THREATS TO THE SHARING ECONOMY - IAIN MURRAY

Depression-Era Laws Threaten the Sharing Economy


Ridesharing companies and other sharing-economy startups have operated somewhat freely thanks to the DOL’s relatively laissez-faire attitude toward contracting and other innovative work arrangements. All of that may soon change. > Read The Freeman commentary

> Interview Iain Murray
 



 




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Tuesday
Aug252015

CEI Today: Carbs, NLRB joint employer, and the week in regulation 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
In the News Today

 

CARBS - MICHELLE MINTON

 

Study "Wounds" the Carbohydrate-Insulin Theory of Obesity
 

Last week a very interesting and, by all accounts, very well-done study made waves among the nutritional science community. For many years, the idea that reducing carbohydrates is the most effective way to reduce fat due to its effect on insulin has been rapidly gaining in popularity. This new study, however, casts serious doubt on the hypothesized mechanism by which consumption of carbohydrates, in particular, would lead to these problems. > Read more
 

 

NLRB JOINT EMPLOYER RULING - IAIN MURRAY


IBD: Obama Administration Labor Ruling Could Hit U.S. Businesses Hard
 

The National Labor Relations Board is expected to rule any day now in a case that will affect thousands of businesses. Firms are bracing for the fallout. > Read the IBD commentary

 

> Interview Iain Murray

 

BATTERED BUSINESS BUREAU - RYAN YOUNG

CEI's Battled Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation


Nearly 2,000 Federal Register pages contain regulations for everything from pay ratios to apricots. The SEC’s controversial Dodd-Frank regulation requiring public companies to disclose the pay ratios between their highest-paid and median-paid employees was published. It is 85 pages long. New regulations for apricots grown in Washington State; Irish potatoes grown in southeastern states; and onions grown in Idaho and Oregon. > Read the week in regulation 

 

> Interview Ryan Young
 




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Energy & Environment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
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Friday
Aug212015

CEI Today: NLRB joint employer ruling, back to school lunch, EPA power plant rule, and more 

Thursday, August 20, 2015
In the News Today

 

NLRB JOINT EMPLOYER RULING - IAIN MURRAY


IBD: Obama Administration Labor Ruling Could Hit U.S. Businesses Hard
 

The National Labor Relations Board is expected to rule any day now in a case that will affect thousands of businesses. Firms are bracing for the fallout. > Read the IBD commentary

 

> Interview Iain Murray

 


BACK TO SCHOOL LUNCH - MICHELLE MINTON

Back to School Lunch Scares
 

Here are a few tips to help you relax as you send your kids off into the great wide nutritional unknown. Soda won’t kill your kids. There is no doubt that excessive consumption of sugary drinks through soda or fruit juice can easily lead to a calorie surplus and weight gain. However, the occasional can of sports drink after a soccer game isn’t likely to cause any damage. > Read more

 

> Interview Michelle Minton
 


EPA POWER PLANT RULE - MARLO LEWIS

 

Clean Energy Incentive Program: New Unlawful Element in EPA’s Power Plant Rule?
 

EPA’s recently finalized Clean Power Plan (CPP) contains a key policy initiative not discussed or even mentioned in the proposed rule: the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP). EPA will award extra emission allowances and emission rate credits to states that “act early” to increase generation from wind and solar power and/or reduce electricity demand via energy-efficiency measures. You might suppose EPA would explain the legal authority for a substantive policy change affecting potentially hundreds of regulated entities. So what accounts for this curious omission?  > Read more 
 

 




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Energy & Environment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
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Labor & Employment
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Tuesday
Aug182015

CEI Today: National Employee Freedom Week, libertarians, EPA spill, access to capital, and more 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
In the News Today

 

THE LIBERTARIAN MOVEMENT - LAWSON BADER

 

Weigel: The Libertarian Moment is Over, or Is It?
 

“The question is not whether the libertarian moment is over but whether libertarians can agree on a single national candidate,” says Lawson Bader, the president of the free market Competitive Enterprise Institute. > Read Dave Weigel's report in the Washington Post
 

 

NATIONAL EMPLOYEE FREEDOM WEEK - TREY KOVACS 

 

Forced Union Fees Do Not Have to Go to the Union – You Have Other Options

 

Unfortunately, many workers are unaware of their workplace rights. That is where National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW), a nationwide coalition comprised of nearly 100 organizations, provides needed help. From August 16 to 22 the campaign spreads the word that workers have more choice when it comes to paying union dues than their union tells them. > Read more


> Interview Trey Kovacs

 

EPA SPILL - DAVID KREUTZER

Rivers of Gold and Energy Poverty

The irony with the Gold King Mine spill may be thicker than the toxic waste. The same EPA, that apparently didn’t know what happens when you blow a hole in a dam, claims clairvoyance when it comes to predicting the future climate. > Read more

> Interview an expert

 

ACCESS TO CAPITAL - IAIN MURRAY


Liquid Capital Was the First Killer App
 

Despite near-zero interest rates, new regulations from regulators like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) have severely restricted the issuance of new mortgages and credit cards. Access to capital is harder to obtain. Three forms of deregulation would improve matters. > Read more 

 

> Interview Iain Murray

 




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Business & Gov't
Energy & Environment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
Health & Safety
Human Achievement Hour
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Labor & Employment
Nanny State
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Risk & Consumer Freedom
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