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Economic Justice

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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Blog: Paul Ryan's Opportunity Grant Raises More Questions than Answers

Jul 25, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein

Congressman Paul Ryan's “Opportunity Grant” is an attempt to re-conceptualize the federal government’s role in providing a safety-net for people in poverty. This first step in a journey towards evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the social safety net leaves much to be desired, but as a discussion draft one can hope there remains room for compromise and change. Read more

Blog: If Paul Ryan Wants a Discussion on the Safety Net, We’re Ready as Long as He Is Willing to Listen

Jul 25, 2014 | By Sister Marge Clark, BVM

Congressman Paul Ryan says he wants to start a conversation about repairing the safety net and helping families get ahead. We at NETWORK look forward to this conversation – and hope the Congressman is sincere in wanting to dialogue. And since conversations need to be two-way, here are some first thoughts that I hope Congressman Ryan will listen to. Read more

Blog: Child Tax Credit Must Support Low-Income Working Families

Jul 23, 2014 | By Marge Clark, BVM

NETWORK stands in strong opposition to this bill (H.R. 4935, the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2014). The CTC, as revised in 2009, should be made permanent, with the indexing suggested in the House bill. But, the less just aspects need to be eliminated. Read more

Blog: Will There Ever Be an End to Corporations Dodging Taxes by Shifting Their Home Bases Overseas?

Jul 21, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Allen Sloan, a business writer for the Washington Post and hardly a flaming liberal, wrote a long blistering attack in the Post's July 13 edition on the U.S. stampede of "corporate inversions." One might expect a liberal organization to write such an article, but not Allen Sloan! Read more

Low Wages and Real Lives

Jul 18, 2014 | By Simone Campbell, SSS

A couple of months ago I met Robin, a young woman in her mid-twenties, who works for minimum wage in a profitable clothing store chain. We were at the White House for President Obama’s signing of the executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers. She was excited that a good friend of hers would receive a raise because of this order. Her hope was that eventually she too would be able to get a raise.

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