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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

Government Shutdown: Share Your Story

Oct 07, 2013 | By Shantha Ready Alonso

Last weekend, Catholics celebrated the Feast of St.
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Overall Poverty Remains Stable, at the Highest Levels Recorded, Wealth Gap Widens

Sep 19, 2013 | By Sr. Marge Clark

The United States Poverty Data for 2012, released on September 17 showed no statistically significant difference from the 2011 situation. We would do well to feel very uncomfortable with this, as 2011 presented the most negative situation in any year since data has been collected.

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Poverty Data: No Significant Difference! -- Well, Not Statistically

Sep 19, 2013 | By Sr. Marge Clark

There is no statistically significant difference in the Census Bureau Poverty Data, comparing 2012 to 2011. However, looking within the statistics, pictures of people begin to emerge.

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Blog: Syria

Aug 27, 2013 | By Marge Clark, BVM

What will be accomplished by military action against Syria? Read more

Blog: Unemployment Rate Down, Employment Rate about the Same!

Aug 07, 2013 | By Marge Clark, BVM

More people are dropping out of the ranks of those looking for work, or are among the long-term unemployed no longer eligible for UI benefits. Read more

Blog: Week Two as a NETWORK Intern and the Fourth of July

Jul 08, 2013 | By Bethan Johnson, NETWORK Intern

According to Merriam-Webster’s definition of an intern, my role at NETWORK would be as “an advanced student or graduate usually in a professional field…gaining supervised practical experience.” After this, my second and shortened week with NETWORK, I have realized that my role is so much more than that phrase. Read more

Blog: U.S. Corporations Should Demonstrate their Patriotism this Fourth of July

Jul 03, 2013 | By Marge Clark, BVM

PATRIOTISM requires: Reasonable Revenue Responsible to the 100%. Read more