Senate Dems Remain on Front Lines of War on Women

Democrats in Senate continue to pay women significantly less than men, analysis shows
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.)  and Senate Democrats gather outside the Capitol / AP

As President Barack Obama and the Democrats prepare to honor “Equal Pay Day,” Senate Democrats continue to pay female employees significantly less than their male counterparts, according to an analysis of Senate salary data in Democratic offices.

Koch Industries Rebukes Democrats Over Shutdown

Reid, Sanders spreading misinformation, company says
KOCH

Koch Industries on Wednesday publicly rebuked allegations by Senate Democrats that the company and its libertarian founders, Charles and David Koch, are responsible for the partial government shutdown.

Bernie Sanders’ War on the Kochs

Socialist senator attacks company with 60,000 employees
Sen. Bernard Sanders, (I., Vt.) / AP

A leftwing senator will use his official position to promote a documentary criticizing libertarian philanthropists Charles and David Koch, a move some describe as an attempt to intimidate the politically active billionaires.

Jammed Benefits

Veterans Affairs secretary faces questions about backlog in veterans’ benefit claims
AP

The massive backlog of veterans’ benefit claims came under scrutiny at a Senate Veterans Affairs hearing on Monday afternoon about President Barack Obama’s federal budget and its Veterans Affairs component.

Taxing the Planet Clean

Boxer, Sanders call for $1.2 trillion carbon tax
Clean electricity project in California / AP

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.) announced they will introduce sweeping new energy regulations, including a carbon tax, during a Thursday press conference.

The Coming Middle Class Tax Hike

Neither Republicans nor Democrats eager to argue for extending payroll tax rate
Alan Krueger / AP

Employee payroll taxes are scheduled to rise nearly 50 percent in 2013 absent action by lawmakers, and there is a growing sense that both parties might be willing to let that happen.