Today, Joint Economic Committee Democrats launched the seventh episode of “Opportunity Agenda,” a podcast that furthers the conversation on how to build an economic future where all American families have a fair shot at getting ahead. Episode 7, “Examining What’s at Stake With the CFPB,” looks at the actions that the Trump administration have taken at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that are harming consumers, instead of protecting them as the agency is charged to do. The podcast comes ahead of today’s Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearing on the president’s nominee for CFPB director, Kathy Kraninger.
Episode 6 features Karla Thieman, former chief of staff for the United States Department of Agriculture and current member of the Russell Group, and Terry Brunner, former USDA Rural Development state director for New Mexico and current chief program officer and founder of Grow New Mexico. In the podcast, they discuss rural housing, infrastructure, health care and other important issues to rural areas in the United States.
Today, Joint Economic Committee Democrats launched the fifth episode of “Opportunity Agenda,” a podcast that furthers the conversation on how to build an economic future where all American families have a fair shot at getting ahead. Episode 5, “Examining the GOP Tax Scam on Tax Day,” includes a discussion of how the Republican tax law disproportionately benefits executives and wealthy shareholders instead of helping those most in need.
Episode 4, “Reflecting on Trump's First Year,” looks back on how Trump's first year in office failed working Americans, and looks forward at opportunities for bipartisan progress in the year ahead. The episode features Sarah Binder, a Senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, and Michele Jawando, Vice President of Legal Progress at the Center for American Progress.
Episode 3, “Debunking the GOP Tax Plan,” unpacks the Republican proposal that would give massive tax breaks to the wealthy at the expense of working Americans. The episode features Seth Hanlon, senior fellow at The Center For American Progress and former special assistant to President Obama for economic policy at the White House National Economic Council.
Episode 2, “Prioritizing Health Care in Rural America,” focuses on improving access to health care in rural communities. The podcast also highlights the importance of a bipartisan approach in Congress to make high-quality health care more affordable. The episode features Charlie Alfero, CEO of the Southwest Center for Health Innovation in Silver City, New Mexico.
Episode 1 of "Opportunity Agenda" is a conversation about the challenges facing the U.S. workforce following a JEC hearing this week on the topic. The podcast features an interview by Chief Economist Adam Hersh with Democratic hearing witness, Dr. Betsey Stevenson of the University of Michigan.