In a meeting last night, House Democrats criticized President Obama's tax proposal. Both House and Senate Democrats have voiced frustration at the extension of Bush-era tax for an additional two years, which would add $900 billion to the deficit. Many Democrats also expressed concern about the estate tax exemption for inheritances of up to $5 million.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) clarified in her statement, "The Republican demands would provide tax cuts to the millionaires and billionaires, fail to create jobs and increase the deficit. And to add insult to injury, the Republican estate tax proposal would help only 39,000 of America's richest families, while adding about $25 billion more to the deficit."
Media Resources: Statement of Nancy Pelosi 12/7/10; New York Times 12/7/10; CNN 12/8/10
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .