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Should Consumers Bear the Cost to Upgrade the Grid?

March 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Given that it will cost upward of $4 trillion over the next 20 years to modernize electricity, gas, and water lines, is it OK to allow utilities to tack on extra charges to customers' bills to pay for those upgrades? How can customers voice their opinions? The first question is ...

Government Audits for Unauthorized Workers Can be a Lose-Lose Situation

September 23, 2013 LEBANON, Conn.—Federal immigration agents showed up on Valentine's Day and turned Mark Sellew's life upside down. They wanted his employment records. They wanted to see if the workers at his nursery were legal. And to Sellew's horror, 140 of them couldn't prove it. If he wanted to stay in business, ...

Historic Immigration Overhaul Clears Senate

June 27, 2013 The Senate approved a measure Thursday to make the most dramatic changes to immigration law in 25 years. It would give a path to citizenship to some 11 million undocumented immigrants, dramatically boost border security, and create a new work-visa program for future immigrants. The measure passed with a bipartisan ...

Analysis: Why Democrats Are Afraid of Border Security

June 12, 2013 For the Senate to pass a comprehensive immigration-reform bill, Republicans are going to have to start trusting Democrats or Democrats are going to have to start trusting Republicans. Good luck with that. Senate Republicans don't believe President Obama will enforce the bill's border-security provisions--and they don't want to let millions ...

What Services Should Immigrants Get?

May 21, 2013 What are immigrants in the United States entitled to? Tax breaks? Health care? Disability insurance? Food stamps? As the Senate Judiciary Committee wades through a major immigration bill, it is clear that there is no consensus, even among the bill’s sponsors, about how to treat the immigrants who would become ...

The Border Hawks Have Already Won

May 10, 2013 Questioning the security of the border, a go-to tactic for the forces seeking to derail immigration reform, has lost some of its punch. The Homeland Security Department has spent the past decade implementing recommendations from border-security hawks—adding fencing and ground agents, as well as beefing up intelligence along the U.S.-Mexico ...

How Can Luddite Adults Help Digital-Savvy Teens?

February 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I am one step ahead of my 10-year-old son on my iPhone skills, but that's only because I know my iTunes password and he doesn't. He can text faster on the cheap cell phone I bought him than he can type on the cheap laptop I bought him. How am ...

Obama to draw few ultimatums in immigration speech

January 29, 2013 President Obama will make no ultimatums in his immigration speech on Tuesday other than to insist that any legislation must be comprehensive, according to administration officials. Obama also wants immigration legislation to establish a path to citizenship for the undocumented immigrants, a proposal that makes many Republicans uncomfortable. Sen. Mike ...

Romney campaign says he wouldn't abolish FEMA

October 30, 2012 Politicians decry the Federal Emergency Management Agency at their peril. They never know when they might find themselves shamefully explaining away a misstatement or even a snarky remark about the federal disaster assistance agency in the wake of a big storm. Like now. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney suggested last ...

White House holds back on sequester details

October 25, 2012 There’s a funny thing happening at federal agencies. When it comes to the details of the looming $1.2 trillion cut to their budgets, agency officials find themselves unable to explain just how those cuts would affect myriad programs on the ground. Instead, they have a unified message: talk to the ...