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Blog: The Pentagon Labyrinth

Mar 30, 2011 | By Jean Sammon

"Ordinary people" need to be involved in order to clean up the mess at the Pentagon. Experts who are now retired from their careers in the Pentagon are trying to get that message out. Read more

Blog: Hitting the "Reset" Button on the Budget

Mar 11, 2011 | By Casey Schoeneberger

Senator Chuck Schumer called on Congress to press the “reset button” on budget negotiations during a speech this week at the Center for American Progress. Read more

Blog: A “Roadmap” in the Wrong Direction on Healthcare

Mar 07, 2011 | By David Golemboski

The “Roadmap for America’s Future,” advanced by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin includes all kinds of problematic economic policy ideas, but the healthcare provisions are especially frightening.   Read more

Blog: Granted, the Nation’s Checkbook is a Mess

Mar 02, 2011 | By Marge Clark, BVM

However, current actions to clean it up are placing responsibility for balancing the budget on the backs of those who are not responsible for the imbalance -- and those actions cannot cut enough to make a dent in the mess.  Read more

Blog: Stop the Safety Net Cuts!

Feb 25, 2011 | By Casey Schoeneberger

To protect those who are poor and vulnerable from atrocious budget cuts contained in H.R 1, which passed in the House on February 19, we must be aware of how these cuts translate into a loss of safety net programs and services. Read more

Blog: Elephant Economics

Feb 14, 2011 | By Mary Georgevich

Every time I see an article about the debt limit increase or the budget fights, I have to take a few deep breaths to calm down. To put it bluntly, this national conversation is stressing me out. So I decided to learn more background information about economics. Read more

Blog: So, What Is “Perfect,” Mr. Speaker?

Feb 10, 2011 | By Marge Clark, BVM

I’m quite bothered by the notion that “perfection” in Congress is having all members vote along party lines – no matter what they may think is best for the nation, or for their district. Read more

Blog: Moving Forward, Not Backward, on Healthcare

Feb 04, 2011 | By Jean Sammon

The FamiliesUSA HealthAction 2011 conference in Washington last week gave me new insight on the challenges facing our new healthcare law (the Affordable Care Act) and new respect for advocates who are standing up to the challenges, especially in the states. Read more

Blog: Making a Difference on the Gulf Coast

Jan 31, 2011 | By Casey Schoeneberger

When President Obama said last week that Americans do big things, I imagine he was talking about organizations like The Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Justice. Read more

Blog: The Debt Limit Debate

Jan 19, 2011 | By Casey Schoeneberger

As the 112th Congress gets into full swing, Republicans are positioning themselves to fight for unprecedented cuts in non-security discretionary spending in exchange for their votes to raise the debt limit. Read more

Blog: As the 112th Congress Opens

Jan 12, 2011 | By Marge Clark, BVM

Reflection on the first week of the 112th Congress is particularly difficult. The events of the week have tossed emotions across uneven seas.  Read more

Blog: A Congressional Tribute to Sr. Catherine Pinkerton

Jan 07, 2011 | By Jean Sammon

Congressman Dennis Kucinich must be glad to have former NETWORK Lobbyist Catherine Pinkerton back in his district. Read more

Blog: After New START – Next Steps for Arms Control

Jan 05, 2011 | By David Golemboski

NETWORK has been celebrating the success of the New START treaty since the Senate voted to approve it on December 22. Where do we go from here? Read more

Blog: Beginning Again on Immigration Reform

Jan 03, 2011 | By Andrea Pascual

Before we left for vacation, the Senate failed to pass the DREAM act, devastating many people just before the holidays... Now, it’s a brand new year, a fresh start, the beginning. Read more

Blog: Holding on to the DREAM

Dec 10, 2010 | By Andrea Pascual

On December 8, 2010, during a debate on the DREAM Act, Senator Durbin announced on the Senate floor, “If you or I were driving down the highway and speeding, pulled over by a policeman, given a ticket, we’d understand it. But if they also gave a ticket to your young daughter in the backseat, you’d say, ‘that’s not fair, she wasn’t driving.' These children [the dreamers] were not driving!” Read more