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December 30, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Trans Pacific Partnership: Fast-track authority at odds with self-governance

Thank-you for the pro and con opinion pieces regarding fast-track authority for trade deals [“Should Congress give Obama fast-track authority for trade deals?” IOpinion, Dec. 30].

Don Kusler is absolutely correct: Allowing fast-track authority for trade deals such as the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) — negotiated in secret — is in direct opposition to principles of democracy and of our Constitution, which gives Congress authority over foreign commerce. How can Congress properly exercise that authority if its members are not given the chance to review and amend trade legislation?

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Comments | More in trade | Topics: Congress, NAFTA, trans pacific partnership

December 15, 2013 at 7:15 AM

Federal government has sunk to new lows

It has shunned the jobless and protected corporations

So, let’s give Congress a pass because we avoided budget gridlock and another debacle over the debt ceiling? And, as you infer, the consequences at the polls would be avoided [“A federal budget deal, and no drama,” Opinion, Dec. 12].

We have sunk to new lows. I hope and trust the American people will figure out why this is happening, who is responsible and vote them out of office. Spoiler alert: that would be the radical element of the Republican (or tea) Party.

They have taken food from the needy, cost us billions, ignored immigrants, shunned the jobless and those just trying to survive. All while protecting the corporations, the military-industrial complex and the wealthy at the expense of education and training, infrastructure and the other investments needed to rebuild a civil society and reverse our current historic inequality.

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Comments | More in Congress, Economy | Topics: Congress, Debt ceiling

November 21, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Postal Service financial problems lie in the political realm

The U.S. Postal Service  lost $5 billion over the past year, and postal officials urged Congress to pass legislation to help the beleaguered agency solve its financial woes. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

The U.S. Postal Service lost $5 billion over the past year, and postal officials urged Congress to pass legislation to help the beleaguered agency solve its financial woes. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Congress needs to end this financial crisis

The Times is rightly concerned about “scant review” by the Postal Regulatory Commission [“Deliver scrutiny of the UPS-Amazon deal,” Opinion, Nov. 16].

The PRC seems reluctant to turn down any move by postal management to make deep-discount deals with big mailers, or to curb proposed reductions in service that would slow the mail and harm local newspapers and others who rely on timely mail delivery.

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October 14, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Cut off congressional paychecks

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 10: A U.S. Capitol Police officer picks up money that was thrown on the floor by activists protesting against the government shutdown. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Who has the courage to step up? There is a way to resolve the current impasse in Congress. One member of Congress needs to have the…

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Comments | Topics: Congress, economy, government shutdown

October 13, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Republicans and Democrats: We’re all losing

Term limits should be enacted for members of congress While the Republicans and Democrats argue, we’re all losing. Valuable services are being denied and now we’re facing default. Government is too big. What is the alternative? We can’t completely close shop and start over. The answer is to fire the employees. If the people working for me…

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October 7, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Government closed leaves thousands without work

People hold signs at a rally outside the U.S. Capitol October 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. Republicans and Democrats remain gridlocked over funding the federal government. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT) Congress should take the hit Members of Congress who have caused the partial shutdown of the government should take the hit too. I would like to see their…

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September 26, 2013 at 7:03 AM

House conservatives vote to cut food stamps

Reverse the decision Please urge U.S. senators and representatives to reverse the House vote to reduce SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) by $4 billion which will affect more than 47 million Americans. [“House conservatives vote to cut $4B in food stamps,” News, Sept. 20.] Pacific Northwest residents include many who have connections with out-of-state officeholders. Please…

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Comments | More in Economy, Food/nutrition, Politics | Topics: Congress, conservatives, food stamps

September 25, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Congress bickers, government shutdown looms

Treasonous loafers When voters elect a candidate to the House of Representatives or the Senate, they expect that individual to have the judgment to contribute to the betterment of the United States of America. Why, then, are some congressmen putting forth measures which will harm our country by pushing government into shutting down? In my opinion, the…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: Congress, government shutdown, partisan

September 24, 2013 at 6:27 AM

Potential government shutdown

A modest proposal If the House and Senate fail, yet again, to do their job, and the federal government shuts down Oct. 1, I have a proposal. [“Leaders bicker, shutdown looms,” page one, Sept. 21.] As of Oct. 1, every member of the House and Senate, and all of their staff, should cease receiving all pay,…

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September 18, 2013 at 6:54 AM

Food stamps face billions in cuts

Congress should protect people, not corporations The House of Representatives is likely to vote this week to cut food assistance by $40 billion over 10 years, a cut that could threaten an adequate food supply for as many as six million Americans. [“House bill would cut $4B a year from food stamps,” seattletimes.com, Sept. 16.] While…

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