Rep. Ellison gave up other committee assignments to sit on the powerful House Financial Services Committee and its Capital Markets Subcommittee. Rep. Ellison is schooling himself on economic matters for a reason. What he really wants is to lead a serious national economic movement with what he describes as a workable common-sense message for corporate America. If America will empower its rank-and-file workers with good jobs without regard to race or religion, he said, many other issues disappear.
Rep. Ellison joins "The Lead" to debate whether Americans are trading liberty for security. Keith on privacy vs. security: "I think this is the time and location to say we are casting the net to widely. No American thinks we are going to have 100% privacy or 100% security. But we have got to strike the balance better than we have been and i think it is Congresses duty."
The controversy over the federal government’s effort to track terrorists through telephone records and Internet activities of its citizens is reigniting a national debate over the balancing act between national security and liberty.
To reduce the deficit, we need to stop doing so much deficit reduction. The most urgent issue facing Americans is the jobs crisis — not the deficit. Investment in good jobs is the key to a better economy, not furloughs for teachers, nurses and firefighters or ending programs that help working families.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and other Republican Party leaders have staked their party's future on a false premise. They say the wealthy are already providing for everyone else, and middle class families need to sacrifice for a change while millionaires reap the benefits.
"As Co-Chairs of the largest Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives, we call on our colleagues to act now to address gun violence. Rather than waiting in vain for the next tragic event, we call for action now."
A deal to avert the fiscal cliff should not be on the backs of the most vulnerable people in our country. Add your name to the growing list of Americans who oppose cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.