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Economic Justice

Blog: What Is Congress Doing With The Federal Budget?

May 15, 2012 | By Marge Clark, BVM

Last Thursday (5.10.12) the House of Representatives took another whack at slashing the social safety net, ensuring that millions of members of our communities would go hungry, live on the streets, be in more crowded classrooms, be unable to work for lack of daycare, and become sicker as Medicaid funding would be more limited. Read more

Understanding the Current Budget Battles -- A Glossary

As Congress tackles urgent economic issues, a lot of jargon is being thrown around. Here is a basic guide to help explain some of the issues. Read more

We MUST Confront the Wealth Gap!

It is time to both "Mind" and "Mend" the wealth gap in our country! Read more

Economic Justice

Many Catholics today continue to be unaware of a simple sentence in the famous 1986 pastoral letter of the U.S. bishops, “Economic Justice for All,” which proclaimed that economic life is one of the “chief areas where we live out our faith, love our neighbor” and “fulfill God’s creative design.” (#6)

Blog: What Will Happen to the 2015 Federal Budget When Congress Returns in September?

Aug 28, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

The Fiscal Times reminds us that Congress has only successfully passed 13 spending bills on time since 2001, and during election years has enacted a federal budget only 25% of the time. So I guess we should not be surprised that everyone is anticipating a “continuing resolution” (CR) as a near inevitability this year with mid-term elections soon upon us and only about 12 days of congressional activity remaining in September before recess.

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The Sad Saga of Congress Isn't Finished Yet

Aug 26, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Recent Vox reports have included charts proving that Congress is indeed getting worse. One, from a Brookings Institution report, showed the percent of important legislative issues in gridlock in each Congress since 1947 rising from less than 30% to 70%.

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Press Release: NETWORK Responds to Worsening Inequality in the U.S.

FOR RELEASE: August 22, 2014

CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, sniedringhaus@networklobby.org

Yesterday, the Census Bureau released a report about worsening inequality in our nation. It told a told a tragic story that demands attention and quick action.

In recent years, the wealthiest Americans have grown richer, and those with the least became poorer still. This is unconscionable.

Blog: Can Democracy Survive Voter Suppression Laws and Flood of "Big Money" into Election Coffers? (Second of 2-part Series)

Aug 13, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

(This is the second in a two-part series addressing the question of the title. This article addresses the issue of "big money" in our elections).

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Blog: Can Democracy Survive Voter Suppression Laws and Flood of "Big Money" into Election Coffers? (Part 1 of 2-part Series)

Aug 12, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

It sometimes seems like our once-brave experiment with democracy is today under siege with the proliferation of voter suppression laws being passed by states and localities and the Supreme Court upholding near-unbridled use of money in elections, which has eviscerated campaign reform efforts. But this is neither the first nor last time we must choose democracy and social justice over discrimination and plutocracy. Fortunately, thousands of individuals and groups have joined to wage this struggle.

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Blog: Paul Ryan's Regulatory Reform Proposals

Aug 07, 2014 | By Bethan Johnson, NETWORK Fellow

In recent years, legislation has too frequently forced people to stomach bad policies in order to gain necessary and life-altering improvements. Such can said about Representative Ryan’s proposals in the area of regulatory reform in Expanding Opportunity in America, a mixture of positive anti-poverty suggestions and unnecessary political tactics that have no place in proposals fighting poverty.

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