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Economic Justice

Blog: Targeting Companies That Move Overseas to Dodge Taxes

May 23, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Corporate tax-dodging deals known as “inversions,” in which a U.S. multinational shifts its tax domicile to a lower-tax country, would be restricted for two years under legislation proposed in both houses of Congress on May 19, 2014. Representative Sander Levin and Senator Carl Levin, brothers from Michigan, proposed both bills, each of which had more than a dozen co-sponsors, all Democrats. The rationale behind the two-year moratorium would give Congress time to pursue broad changes in the corporate tax code.

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Blog: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's Work for Women and Families

May 23, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) celebrated its 20th anniversary in February of this year. Back in 1994, the legislation, which guaranteed up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to workers recovering from a serious medical condition and those caring for seriously ill spouses, parents or children or for new children, was a significant advance for this country. However, the law's shortcomings are glaring:

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Blog: National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

May 20, 2014 | By Marge Clark, BVM

The National Defense Authorization Act prioritizes the direction that will be taken by the Pentagon as it puts forward programs and weapons systems, continuing some that are in existence and authorizing the development of new ones.

At this time, when the war in Iraq has ended and the war in Afghanistan is to end by the end of this calendar year, NETWORK feels strongly that it is a time to pull back on some existing practices. Three areas are of particular concern to NETWORK:

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Blog: Overseas Contingency Operations and How the Fund Is Currently Used

May 09, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

The Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund is money set aside in the DOD portion of the federal budget for expenses such as: crisis response, infrastructure and coalition support for operations in Iraq/Afghanistan, humanitarian assistance in parts of the Middle East and North Africa and embassy security, among other needs abroad.

The OCO fund is the name given to it by the Obama Administration in 2009 when the nomenclature used by President George W. Bush -- the "Global War on Terror" -- was discarded.

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Revise the Johnson-Crapo Bill to Make Housing Finance Reform Viable

For the past few years, many thoughtful people have been engaged in a heated debate over the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two government-sponsored mortgage enterprises (GSEs) that required a taxpayer bailout in 2008. A consensus has been slowly developing on the goals of GSE reform. While there is guarded optimism about the resulting bill, called Johnson-Crapo, there is also a great deal of controversy over specific sections, and many suggestions for improvement.

Blog: Senate Republicans Block the Minimum Wage Bill

May 02, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

On April 30, Senate Democrats were unable to advance the Minimum Wage Fairness Act (sometimes referred to as the Harkin/Miller bill), which would raise the federal minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour in three increments to $10.10 an hour by 2016. The vote in the Senate failed by 54-42 to clear the filibuster threshold. In addition to tying the wage floor to an inflation index, the bill would also raise the so-called “tipped” minimum wage for restaurant servers and other tipped workers to 70% of the standard minimum wage.

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Press Release: NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, Rejects Rep. Paul Ryan’s New Budget Proposal

FOR RELEASE: April 2, 2014

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

Washington DC: NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, today issued the following statement in response to Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget proposal:

Blog: Economic Inequality and the McCutcheon Decision

Apr 30, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

“Government should prevent an immoderate accumulation of riches.”  James Madison

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Blog: A New White House Job Training Initiative

Apr 16, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Today (April 16, 2014), President Obama and Vice-President Biden announced a new initiative that will help close the “skills gap” that prevents people from getting access to high-paying jobs. The announcement, relating to two separate efforts, was made at a community college in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

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Blog: Extended Unemployment Compensation

Apr 08, 2014 | By Marge Clark, BVM

On the hundredth day of extreme economic risk experienced by over 2 million Americans and their families, the Senate finally passed an extension of unemployment benefits.

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