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Congress reaches a deal to raise the debt limit, but will it pass a vote? listen

08/01/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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President Barack Obama and congressional leaders from both major parties have come to an agreement on a proposed budget deal that would cut trillions of federal dollars from the national budget over the next decade. The deal will increase the borrowing limit, preventing the government from defaulting on it’s debt for the first time in history. The measure would extend the current $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by up to $2.4 trillion a...

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Jobs forum to be held tomorrow in Ybor City

03/30/10 Robert Lorei
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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With Florida's unemployment rate at 12.2%- a record high- tomorrow night with Florida's unemployment rate at 12.2 percent—a record high—tomorrow night in Ybor City there will be a forum on job creation. Two of the organizers of the event are with us. Bill Newton and Tim Heberlein are with the Florida Consumer Action Network. The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Children's Board of Hillsborough County...

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FCAN's Bill Newton supports public option listen

08/18/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday

A day after Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius indicated that the Obama Administration was ready to get rid of the public option portion of a health care reform bill, Congressional liberals' reaction has had the White House backpedal.

On Monday, leaders of both the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Congressional Black Caucus sent Sebelius a letter in protest.

The letter said those caucuses stood in strong opposition to the statement that the public option is ‘not t...

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FCAN advocates for public option health plan listen

06/24/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A new ABC/Washington Post survey shows that a majority of Americans support health care reform, yet are suspicious of its impact.

The poll shows that 62 percent support a government funded entity to offer health insurance to those who don’t get it elsewhere- but if that were to cause private insurers to go out of business, as critics charge, support plummets to 37 percent.

Jessica Pemble is with FCAN, the Florida Consumer Action Network based in Tampa. She was headed to Washington th...

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Castor pushes for better health coverage listen

09/15/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tens of millions of Americans do not receive quality health care because they simply can’t afford insurance or their coverage is inadequate. This morning, a coalition of consumer groups and activists demanded health care for everyone outside a South Tampa health center.

A woman pushed her crying baby in a stroller along the sidewalk and through the front doors of the Floyd “Doc” Kelton Community Health Center. Minutes later, Tampa-area U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor kic...

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Report on Iraq, recession released listen

04/24/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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MoveOn.org today released the results of opinion polling saying that many Floridians blame America’s economic troubles on the occupation of Iraq.

Twenty-five people gathered in the West Tampa office of the Florida Consumer Action Network (FCAN) for the release of the Iraq and Recession Report. Following the release, MoveOn members delivered it to the local offices of senators Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez.

Jason Palermo, a program organizer with FCAN, said the results of the survey poi...

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