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Blog: Women of Faith Call for a Raise in the Minimum Wage

Mar 10, 2014 | By Tom Cordaro, NETWORK Board Member

On March 6, prior to International Women’s Day, seven women religious leaders from Chicago and the Western Suburbs gathering in Naperville, Illinois to call for an increase in the minimum wage.  The event was held in conjunction with press events around the country organized by Interfaith Worker Justice – a leader in the fight for economic and worker justice in the U.S. since 1996.

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El 31 de Marzo es el Dia Final Para Conseguir Seguro de Salud: ¿Tiene Cobertura para si Mismo, su Familia, y sus Amigos?

Mar 10, 2014 | By Shantha Ready Alonso

Ojala que tenga abierta su calendario, porque Usted necesite marcar el 31 de marzo con un gran círculo. Eso es el día final para inscribirse en un plan de seguro de salud en 2014. Bajo la nueva ley, todos los ciudadanos estadounidenses tienen que tener seguro de salud, o pagar una multa.

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Blog: Reduce Poverty among Women by Raising the Minimum Wage

Mar 03, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Millions of workers – mostly women – struggle to make ends meet on minimum wage earnings. Women comprise nearly two-thirds of minimum-wage workers although they are only 49.2% of the employed population. They also comprise 61% of full-time minimum-wage workers (working 35 or more hours each week) and nearly two-thirds of workers in tipped occupations.

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President Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget

Mar 03, 2014 | By Sister Marge Clark

On Tuesday, March 4, President Obama will release his budget request for FY15. What do you need to listen and watch for on the news? Compare President Obama's budget to a Faithful Budget.

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Blog: Does the "Clean" Debt Ceiling Vote Augur Well for a More Effective Congress this Year?

Feb 18, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

On February 11, 2014, many witnessed a rarity in the House – a "clean" debt ceiling bill passed on a vote of 221 to 201. And on February 12, the Senate followed suit on a party-line vote of 55 to 43. These votes lift the U.S. Treasury's borrowing authority until March 2015, postponing the next showdown until after November's midterm elections.

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Blog: Political Firestorm about CBO Report

Feb 06, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Those who oppose the Affordable Care Act may continue to misrepresent this week’s CBO report’s findings so it is important to let people know the truth. The report is clear about individuals being freed up to leave the workforce, look for other work, or start a business while not worrying about healthcare coverage. Many of these choices may be related to qualifying for health insurance subsidies. But employers pass on the costs of doing business – e.g. payroll taxes – to employees all the time.

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Blog: On Today’s Farm Bill Vote in the House

Jan 29, 2014 | By James Luisi

NETWORK approaches today’s House vote on the passage of a new five-year Farm Bill with mixed feelings. We commend Congress for reaching a bipartisan agreement that avoided the absolutely unconscionable cuts to nutrition assistance proposed under the House-passed Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013, which proposed nearly $40 billion in cuts over the next 10 years to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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Blog: What Happens to People Who Are Homeless in This Frigid Weather?

Jan 25, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

As I checked my coat, warm hat, heavy boots, scarf and gloves early one dark morning on the way to NETWORK in sub-freezing temperatures, my thoughts turned to people who are experiencing poverty, those viscerally impacted by this frigid weather, and wondered how they coped.

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Blog: We Can Honor the Good Samaritan by Paying Our Taxes

Jan 24, 2014 | By Shirley Bianchi, NETWORK member since 1991

Shirley Bianchi, a longtime NETWORK member shares her thoughts about taxes and scripture. The Good Samaritan took a man who had been beaten to an inn and paid the innkeeper to care for him, promising to come back to make sure that the innkeeper had been reimbursed correctly.  The Samaritan did not directly care for the man.  He paid someone else to do that for him, while he went about his business.  Today, we can be Good Samaritans by paying taxes to fund vital safety net programs. Read more

Blog: Stop Human Trafficking

Jan 12, 2014 | By Stephanie Niedringhaus

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and Catholic Sisters have long worked to stop the scourge of millions of children, women and men trapped into prostitution and forced labor. I admire them greatly for their perseverance and passion on this issue.

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Blog: Real Suffering Caused by Record-breaking Cold Weather

Jan 08, 2014 | By Stephanie Niedringhaus

As we pray for those affected by the current extreme cold, we are also disturbed by national media coverage of this story.

We see constant reports about frigid sports stadiums and delayed or canceled flights.

Where are the daily national stories about the misery of homeless people and families in substandard housing with poor heating?

And is Congress actually seeing this suffering as they heartlessly vote to cut funding for human needs programs?

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Blog: Signs of Hope-- House Republicans Co-Sponsor CIR

Oct 29, 2013 | By Sister Jessica Brock

Congressman Denham (CA-10) and Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) are the first two Republicans to co-sponsor comprehensive immigration reform in the House. What does this mean for the future of our push for immigration reform? Read more

Blog: Onward to a Faithful Budget – With Hope and Prayer

Oct 17, 2013 | By Marge Clark, BVM

Members of the House and Senate were named to the committee to bring together elements of a budget that will be presented to the House and the Senate by December 15. This is a daunting task. Read more