by Countable | Updated on 12.6.18
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The European Energy Security and Diversification Act of 2018 would authorize up to $1 billion in financing to catalyze U.S. public and private sector investment in strategically important energy projects in eligible countries from fiscal years 2019 through 2023.
It’d also authorize the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to spend $5 million per year on project feasibility studies, reverse trade missions, pilot projects, and technical workshops to support projects in early development.
Finally, it would encourage the State Department to ramp up its political and diplomatic support to eligible countries. Read more about it here, and let us know if you think the U.S. should invest in natural gas and electrical infrastructure for NATO allies.
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Is banning the shark fin trade a good idea?
Marine life activists have long sought to end shark finning, the practice of cutting the fins off of a shark and discarding its body at sea, where it generally drowns, bleeds to death, or is eaten alive by other fish.
The practice itself has been illegal in the U.S. since 2000, but the trade in shark fins remains legal.
While virtually all stakeholders with an interest in fisheries conservation agree that shark finning is cruel and wasteful, they debate whether or not banning the shark fin trade would ultimately help or hurt shark populations on the whole. Learn more about the issue here, and let us know whether you think a shark fin trade ban would help or hurt shark populations.
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If we begin to pay interns which I think is an appropriate and just policy. I think to avoid raising taxes further we should pay interns from the large sums of cash we pay our reps and officials. Socrates says the best people for political office should do it out of a desire to rule themselves before imbeciles. If you offer large salaries to officials yourE just attracting money hungry people, not the serious policy thinkers.
Yes, absolutely. Interns and aides should be paid a living wage. Unpaid internships close the door to all but the wealthy. It furthers inequality and gives more opportunities to the wealthy.
Let’s take a minute to think about investing in an allies infrastructure. I thought about it and here’s my opinion, those idiots in DC, the ones that past a tax break for the wealthiest companies and persons in America are wondering if they should help other countries. Stop them from thinking, we need infrastructure and better schools for our children with pay raises for the most qualified teachers to improve our country. There’s really no way that the dumb party in power with the guy 45 at the helm, were not aware of the allies problem. They knew we have needs but cut the taxes so there goes the neighborhood. Fiery, as I can be about the tax break for those didn’t need a cut from 35%-21%. That’s why GM cut jobs. And now they the same idiots want to blame GM for leaving even though the tax break was a loop hole for any company to move.
Honestly, shouldn’t congressfolk be ashamed if they aren’t paying a living wage?
Absolutely interns should be paid $15.00 per hour at least. If they do work that benefits the us government they should be paid
Congress interns and staffers should be paid a livable wage. Actually, EVERYONE SHOUKD BE PAID A LIVABLE WAGE. The minimum wage needs to be changed federally, not state by state. The minimum wage should be a livable wage. No one making minimum wage should be below the poverty line or working more than one job to make ends meet.
Really, you politicians want to transfer more of our hard earned money out of the United States? How about ending foreign aid to all but the most openly thankful and openly supportive of the United States and its citizens? Many of our so called allies are just with us for our military protection and to give them money, then they bash us and work against us. As for paying interns: Is there a nepotism factor at play? Wealthy political and crony elites getting special treatment for their children, furthering the entrenchment of a class of people controlling our lives?
Yes on the interim pay
No, and no.
Lets strengthen our own energy infrastructure first and then go abroad. Flint Michigan still has dirty water!
The world is now an international market for goods, services AND Labor. Workers in Mexico work for $2 or less an hour on cars to keep car prices down. Union workers in the US make 10x or more than that amount. There is no way cars made in the US can compete with those made in Mexico. More evidence that a living wage is nice but not feasible...cruise lines don’t flag their ships in the US because if they have to follow US labor laws they can’t make any money. Royal Caribbean does have one US flagged ship that hasn’t made a dime since it started. Proof positive that in a free market a “living wage” will put businesses OUT OF BUSINESS. That’s reality and all ignorant snowflakes simply need to accept it.
I don’t think we should mandate it. Internships are for experience and not money. I am open to a funded internship where there is dedicated housing and food vouchers for the interns. If your representatives want to pay their interns more it should come out of their budgets and not be supplemented by tax payers. I am already paying for my representatives to be fiscally responsible and I think they should make difficult decisions when evaluating staffing. Just keep in mind we are paying our representatives to work for us, not for them to ask us for more money (taxes) and pay others (interns) to do their job. Logically, you cannot pay everyone the same. Some people contribute more than others. Throwing more money at the problem isn’t the solution. Retain the staffers who contribute the most, cut the ones who are ineffective, and use their salaries to reward the retained staffers with better pay. Then let those staffers hire an allotted amount of interns who can help them accomplish the mission set for by the representatives. That is what we should do. I bet a lot of people will cry about the fact that not everyone is an equally contributor and deserves equal pay regardless of what they contribute.
How about investing in our own energy infrastructure with the emphasis on renewables not coal or oil?
Seriously on providing money for infrastructure I countries who have their financial houses in order so we can go deeper in debt and not do pressing things at home. 22 Trillion in debt and talks of cutting social programs here. Where is this money coming from. How are we still the richest nation on earth?
I don’t think congressional interns should get preferential treatment just because they work for Congress. There are fields that require YEARS of unpaid internships that are forbidden to be on-the-job training before licensing and working in the field. I would support this only if all internships - whatever they are labeled - had a guarantee of a living wage.
Interns should get paid from their employer not the taxpayer. Spend money on OUR infrastructure first.
Congress should creative figure out how to pay interns just like they creatively figure out how to rape us of our money all the time!!! Figure it out, with Trillion dollar budgets they approved they better find a way.
No. Interns should not be paid. Gov needs to be limited to the smallest amount of jobs possible. Find out what that is, and figure out how to do your job within those limits. You knew what you were getting into when you took the job. You don’t need help or a break. You’re a servant to the people.
Seems simple. Of course staffers and interns should be paid a living wage. Once (if) we fix our own infrastructure problems we can look at helping allies, but right now we need to fix these problems at home.
Hell no. They need to take care of their own country. We take care of ourselves first.