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Press Release: On April 15, NETWORK Celebrates #TaxpayerPride Day!

FOR RELEASE: April 15, 2015
CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, sniedringhaus@networklobby.org

Blog: Fair Tax System for a Faithful Budget

Apr 13, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

Unfortunately, both the Senate and the House have proposed budgets for Fiscal Year 2016 that would drastically cut critical programs that have successfully helped people survive and move out of dire poverty—programs like Medicaid, food stamps (now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP), low-income tax credits and, of course, the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Blog: Update on the Minimum Wage around the Nation

Apr 13, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) are prepared to introduce a federal minimum wage (MW) bill in both the Senate and House that would attempt to raise the current MW in five steps to $12 per hour, gradually eliminate the subminimum wage for tipped workers, and index those wages to the median wage (not the rate of inflation).

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Press Release: NETWORK Responds to House and Senate Budget Votes

FOR RELEASE: March 27, 2015
CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, sniedringhaus@networklobby.org

Washington DC: Today, NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, issued the following statement in response to this week’s House and Senate votes on the federal budget:

Faith Groups Declare TPP Investment Chapter Unjust, Saying It Puts Profit Ahead of People

For decades, the United States has defined national economic self-interest primarily in terms of corporate self-interest.  This trade model fails to promote the common good because profit, not people, are at the heart of the negotiations and the voices of civil society are not fully represented at the table.  This week’s release of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s Investment Chapter provides Exhibit A of how far the field is tilted toward the powers that be rather than the power of God’s people. 

Faith Groups Declare TPP Investment Chapter Unjust, Saying It Puts Profit Ahead of People

For decades, the United States has defined national economic self-interest primarily in terms of corporate self-interest.  This trade model fails to promote the common good because profit, not people, are at the heart of the negotiations and the voices of civil society are not fully represented at the table.  This week’s release of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s Investment Chapter provides Exhibit A of how far the field is tilted toward the powers that be rather than the power of God’s people. 

Blog: March 26 Update on the Battle to Pass FY 2016 Budget in Congress

Mar 26, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

Wednesday evening, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a budget. The version that ultimately passed by a vote of 228 to 199, had been dubbed “Price 2” after House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA). Seventeen Republicans opposed it along with all Democrats. No bipartisanship there.

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NETWORK Response to House Budget Proposal

The Fiscal Year 2016 GOP Budget, A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America, starts off with soft words that mask harsh policies. At NETWORK we have serious concerns about their claim to promote a better place to live and work, for all. They claim that they need to cut programs in order to grow the economy by giving further tax breaks to the wealthy. But, we have 30 years of experience that their trickle-down economics has only served to shift wealth to the top.

Press Release: NETWORK Responds to Republican Budget Proposal

FOR RELEASE: March 19, 2015
CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, sniedringhaus@networklobby.org

Washington DC: NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, today issued the following statement:

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