The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Feingold wants Congress, president to expand tax break for businesses

Sen. Russ Feingold urged President Barack Obama at a White House meeting Tuesday to support expanding a current tax break for businesses that hire new employees.

The payroll tax exemption, which has cost the federal government $8.5 billion so far, covers the hiring of about 4.5 million workers who had been unemployed for eight weeks or longer. But federal officials admit they don’t know how many, if any, of these workers would have been hired anyway without the tax break.

Denver Post: Sen. Bennet praised as education reformer

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, the former superintendent of Denver Public Schools appointed to his seat last year, has been hailed by both President Barack Obama and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan as one of the champions for education reform in Congress.

When given the microphone for Senate committee meetings on education, Bennet stops the proceedings and asks everybody to look around the room.

The Columbian: Murray sponsors bill to help dairy industry

Dairy producers here and around the country could sidestep a repeat of the industry’s 2009 oversupply crisis, says U.S. Sen. Patty Murray., D-Wash.

Murray has co-sponsored the newly introduced Dairy Price Stabilization Act with Vermont Sens. Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy. The bill is designed to prevent volatility in milk prices by requiring the U.S. Department of Agriculture to determine the market’s growth capacity every three months.

Delaware County Daily Times: Sestak tours, touts small businesses in Pennsylvania

U.S. Rep. Joseph Sestak, D-7, of Edgmont, is on a statewide tour of small businesses this week, prompting a spate of criticism from former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey, of Zionsville, his Republican opponent in the race for U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter’s seat.

Sestak, who serves as vice chairman of the House Small Business Committee, was in Allegheny Tuesday to discuss proposals like expanding the scope of the Small Business Administration, providing tax credits for “angel investors” of start-up businesses and helping offset the costs of small business capital expenditures.

Mankato Free Press: Walz touts small business as growth engines

MANKATO — Thin Film Technology is doing what many people think can’t be done in the United States.

“We have manufacturing jobs located here and they’re exporting to China,” said U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, who visited the North Mankato firm Tuesday.

The Hill: Poll: Kentucky Senate race tied

New numbers from Public Policy Polling on the Kentucky Senate race show Republican Rand Paul and Democrat Jack Conway in a tie — each candidate has 43 percent of the vote.

Pollster Tom Jensen says the latest numbers suggest Paul’s national press attention has hurt him with voters in the state. The poll found 38 percent of voters said it made them less likely to support him in November, while 29 percent said it made them more likely to do so. Another 33 percent said it made no difference.

San Francisco Examiner: Sen. Boxer visits Doyle Drive project, touts efforts to bring jobs to state

Sen. Barbara Boxer was at the site of a major construction project in San Francisco on Tuesday morning to kick off a tour highlighting her efforts to bring jobs to California.

Boxer joined Mayor Gavin Newsom, Metropolitan Transportation Commission Executive Director Steve Heminger and a group of workers on Doyle Drive, the site of a project that has received more than $100 million in federal stimulus money for seismic improvements and traffic safety measures.

Las Vegas Sun: Harry Reid tours VA hospital under construction

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday toured the veterans hospital under construction in North Las Vegas for an update on the project and to point toward his tangible accomplishments within the state.

Reid helped to secure funding for the $600.4 million project, which will become the first VA hospital in Southern Nevada. It’s the first VA hospital to be built in the country in 20 years.

Trading Markets: Ellison Secures $400,000 for Community Services for Battered Women

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Keith Ellison (DFL-Minneapolis) this week secured a $400,000 appropriation for The Phoenix Program-Assisting Battered Women, a service developed by Turning Point, Inc. of North Minneapolis. This program provides re-entry services to reunite female ex-offenders with their children. Turning Point will use the funds to help women obtain affordable housing, employment, and case management services. Research shows that re-entry programs reduce the likelihood of recidivism. For over 30 years, Turning Point has provided mental health and social services support to Twin Cities residents.

“When we give a second chance to mothers, we give a first chance to their children” Ellison said. “That’s why I’m proud to help Turning Point continue to turn lives around and give hope to struggling families and communities.”