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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

Blog: Statistics, Food Trucks and Victory—My First Week as a NETWORK Intern

Jun 28, 2013 | By Bethan Johnson, NETWORK Intern

In a week of 5,000 postcards, 40 hours of work, 12 hours of Texan filibustering, 11 Senate office visits, 5 Starbucks trips, 4 major Supreme Court decisions, 3 wrong stops on the Metro, 2 Congressional sittings, and more weight gained because of delicious food truck lunches than I’m willing to admit, at first glance my first week interning with NETWORK would appear to boil down to the number one—one successfully Senate-passed comprehensive immigration reform bill. Read more

Blog: Investing in our Future

Jun 27, 2013 | By Marge Clark, BVM

Yesterday, 6/26/13, Senator Murray and the Senate Budget Committee held a hearing on the impact of federal budget decision on children (our future).  Read more

Blog: The Farm Bill Vote

Jun 25, 2013 | By Marge Clark, BVM

Last week, the House of Representatives surprised itself and others by voting down the Farm Bill. The House version of the Farm Bill proposed cutting food stamps (SNAP) by $2 billion per year over the next ten years. So, voting it down was a good thing.  Read more

Blog: Budget Priorities

Jun 20, 2013 | By Marge Clark, BVM

It is important to support Senator Mikulski in the overall spending level, and in proposing appropriations levels thast place the needs of people ahead of the military industrial complex.  Read more

Blog: More on SNAP - How Could They?

May 22, 2013 | By Marge Clark, BVM

Today, the Senate agreed by unanimous consent to accept an amendment - but no one thought to tweak it to protect innocent families.  Read more