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Economic Justice

The National Criminal Justice Commission Act (S.714)

The United States has the highest per capita rate of incarceration of any developed nation. Read more

Blog: Making the Tax Code Work for Working Families

Sep 09, 2010 | By Jean Sammon

A recent presentation at the Center for American Progress included several experts who stressed the importance of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Read more

Blog: Addressing Family Adversity through Comprehensive and Holistic Approaches

Jul 28, 2010 | By Amy Johnson, Emerson Hunger Fellow

Critical in the conversation on the effectiveness of our federal social service system are the issues faced by families who need multiple forms of support and by non-custodial fathers. Both of these problems were brought to light in a presentation sponsored by Congressman Danny K. Davis (IL-07) yesterday, entitled, “Social Service Systems: Adapting to Families’ Needs and Adversity.” Read more

Glossary of Terms Related to TANF

AFDC: Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) was a program jointly financed by the federal and state government to provide cash assistance to needy families with children. The program ran from 1935 to 1995, and replaced by TANF in 1996.

 

ARRA: The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was legislated in 2009 to provide emergency support during the 2008-09 recession.

TANF Tested: Lives of Families in Poverty during the Recession

See the results of NETWORK's study on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and reflect on the lives of families in poverty during the recession. Read more

National Catholic Reporter on NETWORK's TANF Report

Network, the Catholic social justice lobby in Washington, has been monitoring the effectiveness of the so-called "welfare-to-work" laws since Bill Clinton made welfare reform a keystone of his presidency in 1996. Network recently released its latest evaluation and found that in today's economic climate, the programs are severely lacking. Read more

John Gehring on "TANF Tested: Lives of Families in Poverty during the Recession"

NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby on Capitol Hill, has long been a tireless advocate for those whose voices are rarely heard in Washington's marbled corridors of power...  Yesterday, NETWORK released a sobering new report that should be read by any elected official or citizen concerned about our nation's fraying social safety net. Read more

Blog: NETWORK Briefing a Successful Contribution to the TANF Conversation

Jul 20, 2010 | By Amy Johnson, Emerson Hunger Fellow

Yesterday, NETWORK hosted a briefing on the release of our report, TANF Tested: the Lives of Families in Poverty during the Recession. Read more

Financial Reform: Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 (H.R. 4173)

Under this new law, large banks will have a new overseer agency within the Federal Reserve, and new guidelines will be devised. The bill is very large, attempting to prevent as many loopholes as could be foreseen. Read more

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