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EPI Policy Center urges senators to vote against confirmation of Andrew Puzder

On February 7, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) is scheduled to hold a hearing on Andrew Puzder’s nomination for labor secretary. In a letter sent to the Senate HELP Committee last week, the Economic Policy Institute Policy Center urged committee members to vote against Puzder’s confirmation, writing that his public statements and his record as an employer make it clear that he is uniquely ill-suited for the job of protecting and advocating for American workers.

ECONOMY

President Trump’s “alternative facts” on who has benefited from economic growth

In a recent article, EPI’s Josh Bivens writes that in his inaugural speech, President Donald Trump channels anger toward foreigners and politicians and away from the real root of America’s economic woes—the astronomical income growth of the top 1 percent, whose gains have crowded out potential growth for the vast majority of American households.

HEALTH CARE

19.2 million people have gained health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act

A new Economic Snapshot shows that nearly 7.5 million women between the ages of 19 and 64 have gained health care coverage because of the Affordable Care Act, along with 8.9 million men and 2.8 million children—for a total coverage of 19.2 million people.

IN THE NEWS
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The Washington Post quoted EPI’s Ross Eisenbrey on the relationship between infrastructure spending and jobs. “It’s a constant need to do the maintenance required to keep the infrastructure we have in good shape,” said Eisenbrey. “If we were doing that all the time instead of putting it off, people would be put to work.” | "Trump may differ with his Labor nominee on this key point: The best way to create jobs." »
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EPI economist Elise Gould appeared on WAMU’s 1A where she discussed the economic challenges facing black Americans. | "The State Of Black America" »
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ABC News quoted EPI’s Rob Scott on the United States’ withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). “[The TPP] would have redistributed wealth from the poor to the ultrarich,” said Scott, “This is a win for workers, in my view.” | "Fall of TPP Under Trump Signals New Era for American Trade" »
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The American Prospect interviewed EPI’s Heidi Shierholz about Obama’s labor legacy, the future of labor law under Trump’s presidency, and the launch of EPI’s Perkins Project on Worker Rights and Wages. | "Q&A: Top Obama Labor Economist Now Aims to Hold Trump Accountable to Workers" »
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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch quoted EPI’s Ross Eisenbrey on Missouri right-to-work legislation, saying claims of job gains amount to “smoke and mirrors. Really what it is about is weakening unions.” | "Right-to-work won’t magically create jobs in Missouri" »
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The Christian Science Monitor cited EPI research on the gender pay gap, noting that recent female graduates make an average of $4.36 less hourly than their male counterparts, adding up to roughly $9,000 less each year. | "Philadelphia takes salary history off the negotiating table. Could it help close the gender wage gap?" »
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