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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:

Blog: Affordable Housing for People with Very Low Incomes Practically Nonexistent

Mar 13, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

My colleague here at NETWORK, Sister Marge Clark, in a blog at this site on March 2, drew attention to the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) and some recent attacks on the fund itself. A research report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), entitled “Affordable Housing Is Nowhere to Be Found for Millions,” released the week of March 9, highlights the acute need for the NHTF.

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Blog: Extend and Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit

Mar 09, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

Catholic Social Teaching is clear that all people have the right to live in human dignity, which for many is not possible without tax incentives since payroll taxes are taking a larger and larger bite out of their meager wages.

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Understanding the Federal Budget and Poverty

Learning opportunity presented by the Interreligious Working Group on Domestic Human Needs (DHN):

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Blog: National Housing Trust Fund - Update

Mar 02, 2015 | By Marge Clark, BVM

It is no surprise that persons who become homeless are struggling in extreme poverty. There is no way to align homelessness with Catholic Social Teaching/Tradition. One who is living on the streets, in a shelter or their car, or even bunking in an overcrowded apartment is not living in dignity.

And certainly it does not show our nation as having a preferential option for people who are poor. For more than the ten years I have been with NETWORK, the organization has worked for passage of, and then funding for, the National Housing Trust Fund.

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