Middle Class Tax Hike on the Horizon

As Congress and the Trump Administration move from their failed attempts to gut the Affordable Care Act to Tax Reform, middle class families could be in for an increase in taxes by way of the elimination of the state and local property tax deduction (SALT). Public News Service has the story: Andrew Koneschusky, a spokesman […]

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Protect Overtime Pay

A message from our friends at People’s Action: Trump likes to talk about how working people are getting a raw deal. But he’s determined to undermine them at every turn. Last year, the Obama administration changed the rules about which workers qualify for overtime pay. The rule meant that more than 12.5 million people would […]

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Stop Trump’s War on the Poor

A message from our friends at People’s Action: The Trump administration doesn’t think there are enough people living on the street. Already, in America today, over half a million people are homeless. And over 19 million people are housing insecure. The administration responded with over 7 billion dollars in cuts to the Department of Housing […]

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No Free Pass for Wall Street

From our national partners at People’s Action: Elizabeth Warren calls them “tricks and traps.” She meant all the sleazy ways big banks, predatory lenders, and debt collectors work to take billions of dollars from our families. They’re the same schemes that crashed the economy in 2008 — leaving people without jobs, without houses, and causing […]

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Trump Budget Hits Tennessee Hard

From Tennessee News Service:   For more than 50 years, the Appalachian Regional Commission has helped to fund economic and community development in Tennessee and 11 other states. But the agency may be no more if President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget is passed as is. The ARC is one of 18 agencies the president […]

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Military, Veterans Groups Stand up for CFPB

A coalition of military and veterans groups sent a letter to congressional leaders recently stand up in support of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Here’s what they had to say: Dear Chairmen Crapo and Hensarling & Ranking Members Brown and Waters: We, the undersigned representatives of organizations who advocate for our nation’s military servicemembers, […]

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Remarks at Nashville Tax Rally

I was honored to speak at the Nashville Tax Rally on Saturday, April 15th and join in solidarity with more than 150 groups around the country demanding transparency and accountability from President Trump. Here are my remarks as prepared: Thank you for coming out today and standing up to the Trump agenda. I’m Andy Spears, […]

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Stand Up and Defend the Wall Street Watchdog

From our friends at People’s Action: Trump told his crowds that when he was President he would go after the Wall Street elites. One look at this cabinet and we know (surprise!) he was lying. Trump and the Republicans are openly coming after the financial reforms that made the economy safer after the crash. They’re […]

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Stand with Our UAW Brothers and Sisters

Tomorrow in Nashville: More than 5,000 Nissan auto workers—80 percent of them African-American—are organizing a union for better jobs and better lives in Canton, Mississippi. They endure dangerous working conditions, bullying by management, discrimination, unfair treatment of temp workers, punishing production demands, and long hours. When Nissan workers began forming their union, the company unleashed […]

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Andy Puzder Withdraws as Labor Secretary Nominee

Just one day after citizen activists demonstrated in front of the offices of Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker in Nashville urging a “no” vote on Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder, reports out of Washington indicate Puzder has withdrawn his name from consideration. This is a victory for those activists in Tennessee and across the […]

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