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  • Manufacturing Jobs
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    Manufacturing Jobs

    Economists talked about a new study on the decline in manufacturing jobs. They addressed various factors including automation, trade and domestic outsourcing, as well as the trends in…

  • Federal Deregulation
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    Federal Deregulation

    Panelists shared their experiences and said they have suffered due to federal deregulation, or the lack of appropriate government regulations. Participants were in Washington, D.C., to lobby members of…

  • Discussion on US Immigration Policy
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    U.S. Immigration Policy

    Panelists talked about the impact of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 and current immigration policy. Speakers included immigration law professors from Santa Clara University,…

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren DMA on Managing the Economy
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    Senator Elizabeth Warren on Managing the Economy

    Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) talked about the influence Wall Street has on Congress through their hundreds of lobbyists and criticizing the “revolving door” between Wall Street executives and the Treasury…

  • Raising the Federal Minimum Wage
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    Raising the Federal Minimum Wage

    Panelists discussed their economic case for raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative George Miller (D-CA) talked about their bill…

  • Forum Reviews Unmet Goals of the March on Washington
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    Economic Goals and the Civil Rights Movement

    Representative Keith Ellison (D-IL) delivered the keynote speech at an event which included panels on race, economic inequality, and the goals of the 1963 March on Washington. The August 28, 1963,…

  • AFLCIO Hosts Discussion on Path to Citizenship
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    Immigration Reform and Citizenship, Part 1

    Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA) talked about the prospects of immigration reform legislation in Congress. They both said they were hopeful a final version of the…

  • Immigration Reform and Citizenship Part 2
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    Immigration Reform and Citizenship, Part 2

    Supporters of immigration reform talked about the prospects of immigration reform legislation in Congress, the path to citizenship for immigrants, and the DREAM Act. “Immigration Forum: Why…

  • Larry Summers Remarks on the US Economy
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    Larry Summers Remarks on the U.S. Economy

    White House economic adviser Lawrence Summers talked about the U.S. economy. He said he expected low consumer demand to continue for several years, and he recommended greater emphasis on…

  • US Economy and Job Creation
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    U.S. Economy and Job Creation

    Representatives of labor and minority organizations talked about the jobs crisis and its impact on workers and their communities. Among the topics addressed were proposals to use economic…

  • Tax Policy
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    Tax Policy

    Economists spoke about their opposition to the Bush administration’s tax cut proposals and offered alternate means of providing economic stimulus. Following their remarks they answered…

  • Promoting Economic Growth
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    Promoting Economic Growth

    Representative Gephardt announced a Democratic plan to help stimulate the economy. The plan included funding to build and repair schools, aid state governments in establishing…

  • Labor Markets and Employment
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    Labor Markets and Employment

    Panelists discussed the condition of the labor markets in the U.S., and why workers have not benefitted more from the economic growth over the past five years. This was part of a conference…

  • Prosperity and Economic Policy
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    Prosperity and Economic Policy

    Panelists discussed the increasingly uneven income distribution in the U.S. and how it can be addressed through policy changes during a conference entitled "Restoring Broadly Shared…

  • Labor and Business Perspective
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    Labor and Business Perspective

    Participants spoke about the need to distribute the benefits of U.S. economic growth more evenly among the labor force during a conference called "Restoring Broadly Shared Prosperity". Ms. Herman…

  • Democratic Balanced Budget Proposal
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    Democratic Balanced Budget Proposal

    The Democratic congressional leaders spoke about their proposal for balancing the budget. They stressed, as they did during the congressional campaign, that their plan contains more funds for…

  • Corporate Responsibility
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    Corporate Responsibility

    Rep. Bonior spoke about how the Congress and president can resolve the budget impasse and about corporate responsibility to citizens. He criticized the Republican budget proposal and also…

  • Saving Medicare from the Republicans
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    Saving Medicare from the Republicans

    Rep. Gephardt contrasted Democratic and Republican proposals for reforming the Medicare system. He emphasized that this debate is so crucial that it is the most important debate in the…

  • Robert Reich Roast
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    Robert Reich Roast

    In honor of the Economic Policy Institute, friends and peers roasted its founder, Labor Secretary Robert Reich. Humorous remarks were made by a number of economists, journalists, and…

  • Americas Economic Future
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    America's Economic Future

    Rep. Rohrabacher talked about how future U.S. trade will impact jobs and family security, focusing on the importance of patent policy. His speech was part of the Economic Policy Institute’s…

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