Economic Justice

Blog: Despite Opposition, Colombia FTA Is Approved By Congress

Oct 14, 2011 | By David Golemboski, Georgetown Doctoral Student and Former NETWORK Associate

On Wednesday, October 12, the U.S. Congress engaged in a rare act of bipartisan agreement. Unfortunately, the House and Senate did not move together to address unemployment, the country's wealth gap, or other pressing matters of justice, but rather to pass a set of three misguided free trade agreements (FTAs) negotiated during the Bush administration. Read more

Blog: From Wall Street to DC - The 99 Percent Raise Their Voices

Oct 07, 2011 | By Eric Gibble

The Occupy Wall Street protests have expanded from a small group of alarmed citizens to a nationwide movement. In solidarity, over 800 events are occurring across the nation in all 50 states. Read more

Occupy Together: Mind the Gap! Hits the Streets

Oct 07, 2011 | By Shannon Hughes

We are citizens, professionals, students, activists, parents, unemployed workers, voters, and the underrepresented who represent the 99%. We are interested in separating money from politics and improving the country’s infrastructure to fix healthcare, education, environment and the economy . . . Together, we can shift power away from the top 1% and back to the people.”

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Blog: Trade with Colombia

Oct 05, 2011 | By Mary Ellen Lacy, D.C.

Tuesday, the president announced that the long awaited trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama would be sent to Congress for approval. Read more

Blog: Stop Playing These Dangerous Games!

Sep 29, 2011 | By Marge Clark, BVM

For weeks, the House and the Senate have been at odds over a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government running until Nov. 18, once FY 2011 ended. The Senate passed two versions of a CR; the first is until Tuesday, Oct. 4, the other until Nov. 18. Today, the House passed the version funding the government until Tuesday, Oct. 4. Read more

The Reality of Tax Breaks for Wealthy Businesses and Individuals

Sep 29, 2011 | By Matthew Shuster

Yesterday afternoon, I attended a lunch meeting in the Russell Senate Office Building entitled “Are Investment Incentives Necessary in Corporate Tax Reform?” with Donald Marron, the director of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, Rob Atkinson, from the Technology and Innovation Foundation, and Michelle Hanlon, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Update 9.26.11

Both the House and the Senate passed a three-month TANF extension last week. Excuses have been circulating on the Hill as to why the bill extension is so short. Read more

Wall Street and the Wealth Gap

Sep 27, 2011 | By Marge Clark, BVM

Last week hundreds to thousands of (mostly) young folks began an occupation of Wall Street to protest the growing wealth gap

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Blog: Jobs and Unemployment

Sep 26, 2011 | By Marge Clark, BVM

This week we are hanging in time between the presentation of President Obama of the American Jobs Act (AJA) and the release of the unemployment numbers for September.  Read more

What’s Going On with Congress

You are probably hearing some confusing things about what’s going on in Washington these days. There are several different debates about how to keep the federal government operating, and what role the government should take in helping our economy recover and create jobs. Read more

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