Political labels fell aside after the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three as Americans “united in concern for our fellow citizens,” said President Barack Obama, a Democrat. House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, urged the country to “come together with grace and strength.”
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will investigate the deadly blast at a Texas fertilizer plant as its chairman presses regulators on chemical- safety laws that would apply to similar facilities.
As lawmakers pushed a bill to tighten U.S. security standards on chemical factories, fertilizer depots and water-treatment plants in 2009, they faced a formidable opponent: the U.S. business community.
Gina Deluca says she was shocked when she moved to New Mexico from California and discovered that her hourly wage as a waitress fell to a federal minimum of $2.13. Her old state required at least $6.75 for all workers at the time.