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Economic Justice

Press Release: NETWORK Responds to Senate Vote on Trade

Press Release

FOR RELEASE: May 12, 2015
CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, sniedringhaus@networklobby.org

Blog: Far From a Faithful Budget

May 01, 2015 | By Colleen Ross

Last Tuesday, Sister Simone Campbell was joined by leaders from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness, American Muslim Health Professionals, and the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism for a briefing on Capitol Hill calling for a federal budget that is rooted in justice and abides by our shared faith principals.

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Blog: Work Needs to Pay; Work Needs to Work

May 01, 2015 | By Marge Clark, BVM

No household with a person working fulltime should be living below the poverty threshold. Yet, that is the case for millions of Americans. Work needs to pay! The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour provides a fulltime employee $15,080 annually. In 2014, the poverty threshold for a single person was $12,316; for a family of four it is over $24,000, leaving families in severe poverty although they are working fulltime.

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Blog: The Scandal of Unfair Pay

Apr 30, 2015 | By Nicholas Moffa

“Disparity is a pure scandal.” At his weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square on April 29, Pope Francis stated a perspective that could apply to many types of inequality: wealth, economic, racial, ethnic, religious, and educational, just to name a few. However, his words on the unacceptable nature of inequality arose from his passion about gender equality, and equal pay for equal work specifically.

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Press Release: Religious Leaders Brief Congressional Staffers on “Faithful” Federal Budget

Press Release
FOR RELEASE: April 28, 2015
CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, sniedringhaus@networklobby.org

Do House and Senate Budgets Proposals Reflect "Faithful Budget" Principles?

Apr 28, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

It is intriguing to review the messages of the Faithful Budget to our nation’s leaders in light of the House and Senate budgets for FY 2016 released last month. Recall that the “Faithful Budget” requests them to craft a federal budget that

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Blog: Inequality and the Estate Tax

Apr 17, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

On April 16, the House voted (H.R. 1105) to repeal the estate tax. The vote (240-179) broke down largely on partisan lines. NETWORK actively opposed the bill.

Background

An estate may consist of property, stocks or any combination of assets that a person owns. The Center for Effective Government (CEG), in an April 15 article, calls this move “alarming.”

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Press Release: NETWORK Opposes New Trade Proposal

FOR RELEASE: April 17, 2015
CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, sniedringhaus@networklobby.org

Blog: Update on Senate Budget Proposal

Apr 15, 2015 | By Marge Clark, BVM

The Senate Budget Proposal passed just before members left for their two-week Passover/Easter Recess. Although much of this proposal, as well as the one passed by the House, is devastating to people of low- or middle-income, there are some bright spots in amendments that were approved with votes from both parties. These are nonbinding, but there is hope they might be included in the final Joint Budget Resolution and be brought to reality through appropriations. They include items that NETWORK has been working on:

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