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Blog: Important New Tax Information

Aug 28, 2015 | By Laura Peralta-Schulte

NETWORK continues to advocate for making permanent the 2009 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit improvements set to expire in 2017 as well as to strengthen the EITC to include younger, childless workers. These essential anti-poverty credits have been hugely effective at helping families achieve financial stability. If the key provisions expire, 16 million Americans, including 8 million children, will fall into — or deeper into — poverty.

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Blog: Urgent Budget Update

Jul 29, 2015 | By Marge Clark, BVM

There is real danger of holding human needs funding at very low sequester levels! The House and Senate are stalled on funding for Fiscal Year 2016 – which begins on October 1, 2015. With only eight legislative days in September, they will need to do a temporary funding bill (Continuing Resolution or “CR”) to give them time to figure out the full year. The CR holds funding levels at the current amount for the time designated – likely until December. One huge danger being discussed in Congress is to do a full-year CR – until September 30, 2016.

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Blog: African Palm Oil in Guatemala – A Fishy Situation

Jun 30, 2015 | By Nicholas Moffa

When I first watched the YouTube video one of our Guatemalan sisters sent me, I thought the white material coating the water of the La Pasión River was some sort of foam or other foreign substance that should not be present in a river used by many Guatemalans as a source of food and water. Little did I know that the “material” coating the water used to consider the river its home: the surface was covered by thousands of dead fish!

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Blog: Housing – The Other Supreme Court Case

Jun 26, 2015 | By Nicholas Moffa

All anyone has been talking about has been the Supreme Court recently, specifically its decisions on the Affordable Care Act subsidies and same-sex marriage. Yet there was a third, less-publicized decision that will also impact millions, though less directly than the two previous cases. The case is entitled Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v.

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Blog: June 22 Trade Update - Messy Business of Passing an (Unjust) Trade Bill

Jun 22, 2015 | By Laura Peralta-Schulte

The Obama administration is in the process of negotiating many significant trade agreements with countries around the world.  One such agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement with 12 countries accounting for 40% of world GDP, is nearing completion.  All trade agreements are negotiated in secret and informed by an elaborate system of official advisory committees that are overwhelmingly corporate.  That is why current trade agreements, while perhaps sounding good in theory, do not promote the commo

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Blog: Laudato Si’ -- A NETWORK Associate’s Perspective

Jun 19, 2015 | By Nicholas Moffa

When I was a kid, my family always took what I initially considered to be the strangest vacations. While my friends flew off to Disney World, I flew off to…Wyoming. And Alaska, Arizona, and California. While my friends enjoyed amusement park rides, I quickly grew to love hiking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and kayaking.

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Blog: A Long Row to Hoe Before We Reach a “Faithful Budget”

Jun 19, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

While both Houses of Congress are going through all the motions of voting on and passing various appropriations bills for the upcoming 2016 fiscal year (FY), there is an air of unreality about the whole process. This fiction is due to the fact that the budget plan adopted by Congress includes drastic sequester caps at the same time that President Obama has made clear that he will veto all spending bills that do not lift the sequester caps or that attempt to attack the Affordable Care Act (also a major part of the adopted budget plan).

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Blog: Ecology and Economic Justice – Preparing for the Pope’s Encyclical

Jun 10, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

On May 28, Father Thomas Reese, in this article in the National Catholic Reporter, predicted that Pope Francis’s upcoming encyclical will insist that attempts to deal with the burden of climate change should not be borne solely by the poor.

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Blog: Not Enough Money

Jun 01, 2015 | By Marge Clark, BVM

The time has come! Time for the Republican leadership to agree to negotiate higher spending caps, in order to meet basic needs of those who struggle to keep a roof over their head and feed themselves and family. The budget resolution has been adopted, with limits suggested for each appropriations (spending) committee. Now, members of those House and Senate committees are trying to find enough money to fund the programs about which they care the most.

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