The Senate plans to subpoena the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter to testify before Congress next month

  • A Senate committee is reportedly planning to subpoena the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google if the three executives don’t willingly agree to testify before Congress this week, a Senate spokesperson told Business Insider.
  • The committee is holding a hearing on Oct. 1 that’s meant to address Section 230, a law that shields social media companies from being held liable for the content of users’ posts.
  • Democrats have called for Section 230 to be amended to force social media companies to take a firmer stance to moderate hate speech and misinformation on their platforms, while Republicans — including President Donald Trump — have taken aim at the law over perceived anti-conservative bias.

A Senate committee plans to subpoena the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter to testify at an Oct. 1 hearing if they don’t willingly agree to testify of their own accord by Thursday, a Senate committee spokesperson told

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‘Back to School’ is here: Congress must act now to assist schools

In many parts of America, communities are weeks into the new school year, and our schools are sending an S.O.S. to lawmakers and the Trump administration. Leaders must set aside partisan differences, return to the negotiating table and agree on bipartisan aid for America’s youth.

Schools desperately need additional emergency relief to pay for necessary safety measures and equipment, technology upgrades, and support to students who are behind academically, and to help meet basic needs, such as school meals, for those impacted by this ongoing emergency. 

Schools are incurring additional costs, whether they open in person or remotely, and have already obligated the federal funding currently available. Schools opening in person need hand sanitizer, personal protective equipment and extra health care staff — all additional expenses outside the usual budget. AASA (the School Superintendents Association) and the Association of School Business Officials International have estimated these types of costs will

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Congress and Trump have unfinished business: Funding all schools

The beginning of a new school year is always a time of excitement for teachers, parents, and especially students as they look forward to reuniting with friends, meeting new challenges, and settling back into a routine of study. This year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the usual anticipation has been mixed with a sense of anxiety.



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Our elected officials in Washington could do enormous good to ensure our children, teachers, and staff have the resources they need to sustain our schools through this pandemic. Both the Senate and the House have proposed tens of billions of dollars more for education. But after more than two months, no agreement has been reached, and a political stalemate continues. The result is the education and well-being of all schoolchildren suffer.

Here in the Archdiocese of New York, our school administrators have done tremendous work preparing for a

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Congress should fund better skills training now

Though talks have not seemed promising, Congress still may reconsider another coronavirus economic relief package and, if so, it is urgent that they approve additional robust funding for reskilling and upskilling workers.



Don't forget the workers: Congress should fund better skills training now


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Don’t forget the workers: Congress should fund better skills training now

Congressional action should encompass opportunities for workers still on the job, as well as those who are out of work, those whose jobs will never return, and younger individuals seeking to enter the job market. If done well, such programs will boost employment, the economic recovery and the future of U.S. workers and businesses.

Before the pandemic, American businesses already faced significant difficulty in finding skilled workers. Manpower’s 2019 talent survey found 69 percent of U.S. employers reported talent shortages. The numbers were higher for medium (75 percent) and large (77 percent) companies. And, the U.S. shortfalls were much larger than the worldwide

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Congress, President Trump must step in an save aviation jobs

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American Airlines said in July that it plans to layoff or furlough nearly 1,500 employees in Mecklenburg, 739 in Wake County and 370 in Forsyth County starting Oct. 1 unless federal protections for the aviation industry are extended. The protections expire Sept. 30.

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Congress, help the aviation industry

I am an American Airlines flight attendant based in Charlotte. COVID-19 is the worst crisis to hit the industry in the history of commercial aviation.

Congress passed the Payroll Support Program to save aviation jobs and stabilize our industry. However, thousands of jobs will disappear on Oct. 1 if Congress does not extend PSP.

Aviation is essential to a strong economy, including Charlotte’s local economy. Extending PSP can only happen if Congress and the White House negotiate and pass a stimulus bill.

Washington: Do your job so I can do mine. Americans will be ready to travel

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Another Voice: Congress must give funding to workforce development | Opinion

Unemployed Americans are facing a glaringly overlooked hurdle in their job searches: thousands of businesses who used to employ them are permanently closed. And for these workers, the next job will almost certainly require new skills. The immediate need to provide unemployment assistance overlooks the reality that many jobs are forever gone.

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Bureau of Economic Research reported in 2017 that hundreds of thousands of jobs have been lost to advancements in automation – a trend that will continue to affect jobs as technologies continue to improve. According to the National Math and Science Initiative, 60% of new jobs in the 21st century will require skills that only 20% of the present workforce has attained. That means as many as 100 million workers will need to advance their skill set.

Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Services reported that 16.3 million Americans are

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