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  • U.S. Child Poverty Rates by Family Structure in Context
    Posted in Facts Are Stubborn Things on October 15, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Human Resources, Full Committee

    Facts: “Almost 46 percent of children living in female headed single parent families were in poverty in contrast to only 9.5 percent of children in married couple families…” (Source: Where’s the Outrage? Robert Doar) Context: The poverty rate for children raised in the U.S. by single parents (46%) is higher than the overall poverty rate in Rwanda (44.9%). The poverty rate for children raised in the U.S. by married parents (9.5%) is lower than the overall poverty rate in Beverly Hills, CA (10%). ... Read more

  • “By Almost Every Measure,” Economic Reality Tells a Different Story than the President’s Rosy Rhetoric
    Posted in Facts Are Stubborn Things on September 3, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Human Resources, Full Committee

    Political Rhetoric "By almost every measure, the American economy, the American workers are better off than when I took office," [President Obama] added. "We're better off by almost every measure." (Source: New York Daily News, 9/1/2014) Economic Reality • “The labor force participation rate is well below what CBO estimates would be achieved if the demand for workers was currently stronger…” • “The unemployment rate is above CBO’s estimate of the natural rate…” • “In combination, the shortfall ... Read more

  • Koskinen: Please Ignore the Hard Drive on Ms. Flax's Laptop
    Posted in Facts Are Stubborn Things on June 20, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight, Full Committee

    Then: Hard Drives Unrecoverable When asked earlier this week if there were any data or hardware crashes similar to Lois Lerner’s with other IRS employees pertinent to the investigation, IRS Deputy CIO informed the Committee that there were, and listed six other IRS employees, including Nikole Flax, former Chief of Staff to the Acting IRS Commissioner, whose hard drives had crashed and were recycled. Now: Ignore the Laptop Hard Drive Crash Today, IRS Commissioner Koskinen asserted that there is n... Read more

  • Reviewing Democrat Promises on Jobs and Unemployment Benefits
    Posted in Facts Are Stubborn Things on April 7, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Human Resources, Full Committee

    First, Democrats promised their trillion-dollar stimulus plan would create millions of jobs. It didn’t. Democrat projection of job creation after 2009 stimulus: +3.675 million (through December 2010) Actual change in jobs after 2009 stimulus: -2.530 million (through December 2010, or 6.2 million fewer jobs than projected) Next, Democrats promised their stimulus plan would reduce the unemployment rate to 5 percent. It hasn’t. Democrat projection for unemployment rate in March 2014: 5.0 percent A... Read more

  • Recent Erroneous Extended UI Benefits Almost Match All Extended Benefits Paid after 2001 Recession and Terrorist Attacks
    Posted in Facts Are Stubborn Things on March 31, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Human Resources, Full Committee

    According to data from the Department of Labor, the U.S. has spent an estimated $26.0 billion in error on Federal extended Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits since the temporary Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program was created in July 2008. Given the record scale of the EUC program, this is in all likelihood the largest amount of misspending under any such temporary Federal program in U.S. history. Incredibly, as the chart below displays, this massive amount of EUC misspending alm... Read more

  • EUC History Lesson
    Posted in Facts Are Stubborn Things on March 27, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Human Resources, Full Committee

    The Federal Extended Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program expired in December, after providing record amounts of financial assistance to over 24 million long-term unemployed individuals. History shows the EUC program provided for record weeks of unemployment benefits per person (a total of up to 99 weeks of all UI benefits in many states, far eclipsing the norm of up to 52 weeks), a record duration of such a program (a total of 66 months, which is over 2 years longer than the next-longest suc... Read more

  • Is Part-Time Work “Going Down,” as Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius Says?
    Posted in Facts Are Stubborn Things on October 9, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health , Human Resources, Full Committee

    “Economists say there is absolutely no evidence that part time work is going up. In fact, it’s going down. The height was in the recession. It’s going down.” (Secretary Sebelius, The Daily Show, October 7, 2013) The Facts: Part Time Workers Are Up, Not Down June 2009 (the last month and highest level of the recession): 27.495 million August 2013 (most recent): 27.999 million (an increase of 504,000) Employed, Usually Work Part Time, Age 16 and Over (Seasonally Adjusted) Source: U.S. Department ... Read more

  • Fact Check Pelosi: "There's No More Cuts to Make"
    Posted in Facts Are Stubborn Things on September 24, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health , Full Committee

    Over the weekend, Minority Leader Pelosi (D-CA) made the false claim that there is not a single area where Congress can find savings to reduce the deficit, "Because the cupboard is bare. There's no more cuts to make," Pelosi said on CNN's "State of the Union." She added, "It's really important that people understand that.” Really? Not a single area of spending Congress can reform or find savings from curbing waste, fraud and abuse? It seems that Minority Leader Pelosi and President Obama might ... Read more

  • IRS: It Wasn't Less Than 1%, It Was 3%!
    Posted in Facts Are Stubborn Things on July 29, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight, Full Committee

    In a June 2013 response to the Ways and Means Committee, the IRS identified 65 million documents potentially responsive to the IRS-Tea Party investigation. After Chairman Camp and Ranking Member Levin sent a letter to IRS pressing the agency to expedite their document production, the IRS revised their original estimate down to 460,000 responsive documents. This revised estimate brings the amount of documents the IRS has produced to a grand total of just 3 percent. To put this in perspective, if... Read more

  • Being on a BOLO is Different than Being Targeted and Abused by the IRS
    Posted in Facts Are Stubborn Things on June 24, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Select Revenue Measures , Oversight, Full Committee

    Tea Party Progressives On a BOLO Yes Yes Had donors threatened Yes No evidence Had confidential information leaked Yes No evidence Sent inappropriate and intrusive questions Yes No evidence Had applications delayed for over 2 years and counting Yes No evidence Were targeted by the IRS, according to TIGTA Yes No evidence ### Read more