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Blog: Housing Bill H.R.3700 Passes Unanimously!

Feb 05, 2016 | By Bethan Johnson

On Tuesday, February 2, 2016 the House of Representatives did something it hasn’t done in recent memory: passed a bill unanimously. While a significant event in and of itself, this vote is particularly important because it meant the passage of a sweeping piece of bipartisan legislation that will help millions of families and individuals live in dignity by increasing the availability of safe and affordable housing.

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Blog: Good News for Juvenile Justice Reform

Jan 27, 2016 | By Joan Neal

Monday, January 25, 2016 was a double-header for kids in the U.S. criminal justice system, with compassion and justice winning the day.

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Upcoming Legislation: Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Jan 19, 2016 | By Mary McClure

It’s hard for children to learn, pay attention in class, and flourish when they are hungry.

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Blog: How We Remember Martin Luther King, Jr. and Work for Voting Rights Today

Jan 19, 2016 | By Marge Clark, BVM

This week our country celebrates the vision and the accomplishments of Rev. Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. Many of us are reflecting on the freedoms and opportunities won in the United States through his years of work to bring about greater justice for all. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Dr. King preached, protested and suffered imprisonment to overcome racism in employment, housing and government.

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Blog: A Year of Forgiveness is Necessary for Justice

Jan 04, 2016 | By Rachel Schmidt

On Tuesday, Dec. 8 Pope Francis established a Jubilee Year of Mercy, which is considered a “year acceptable to the Lord” (Is 61:2). Its origin comes from the Bible in Leviticus 25. The scripture states that every fiftieth year was considered a sacred time to return property, forgive debts, and free people who were considered “slaves.” It was a year to reset, refresh, and allow those subjugated by societal actions to reconnect with society in a more holistic way.

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Blog: A Message from Sister Marge Clark about the Federal Budget

Dec 16, 2015 | By Marge Clark, BVM

Dear NETWORK Members and Friends, 

There is GREAT excitement today!

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Blog: Mary Ann’s Story Reminds Us Why ACA Enrollment Matters

Dec 14, 2015 | By Mary McClure

As you may know, we are nearing the end of Open Enrollment season, when individuals and families can sign up for health insurance. In fact, December 15, the last day to enroll for January 1 coverage, is quickly approaching. Despite some politicians’ efforts repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), NETWORK continues to uplift and support the pro-life policy that made healthcare accessible to millions who were previously uninsured.

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NETWORK Stands with Refugees

Nov 23, 2015 | By Meg Olson

NETWORK weeps with all who are suffering from violence all over the world. The principles of Catholic Social Teaching teach us to live in solidarity with our neighbors, with empathy for all who are suffering regardless of religion, race, or nationality. Together with the global community, we mourn the attacks in Paris. We pray for the lives that were lost and pray for healing for the injured as well as the families and friends of victims.

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Blog: “Hearts Starve as well as Bodies; Give Us Bread but Give Us Roses”

Nov 20, 2015 | By Rachel Schmidt

Some policymakers believe the more support the government provides the less motivated people in poverty will be to work. They couldn’t be more wrong. As Congress begins the annual appropriations process, it is crucial to point out the major flaws in this line of thinking, because legislators who buy into this narrative are less likely to allocate sufficient funds to human needs programs. This is not what people in the United States need, especially those living at the margins.

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Blog: Voting Is a Start, Not an End

Nov 03, 2015 | By Rachel Schmidt

How great it is that we live in a democratic country where we choose our elected officials. We have a government “by the people and for the people” that rejects the notion that power can be concentrated into the leadership of the unelected few. Historically, democracy has been a cataclysmic shift to the idea that all have the right to take care of society. As people of faith, we participate in our democratic government through voting on election day and through advocacy the rest of the year.

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Blog: Cities Take Steps to Protect Immigrant Communities

Oct 30, 2015 | By Rachel Schmidt

Certain politicians are intent on categorizing all undocumented immigrants as “rapists and criminals” that need to be kept out of the United States with giant walls on the southern border.  This rhetoric creates fear, perpetuates racism, and is dehumanizing.

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Open Letter to Speaker Paul D. Ryan

Oct 30, 2015 | By NETWORK Lobby

In response to the election of Representative Paul D. Ryan to Speaker of the House of Representatives yesterday, NETWORK published the following letter: Read more

Blog: When a Speaker Can’t Govern, No One Wants the Job

Oct 20, 2015 | By Rachel Schmidt

The Speaker of the House is a high-power position that sets the tone for the House of Representatives and is second in line for the presidency; a dream for any ambitious politician. Yet, no one seems to want the job. Speaker John Boehner is resigning, Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) has made it clear he doesn’t want it, and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy dropped out of the running. The reason for the widespread hesitancy could be related to the strong divisions in the Republican Party that have made Speaker Boehner’s job arduous.

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Blog: Stand Up to the Bullies on Gun Control

Oct 14, 2015 | By Stephanie Niedringhaus

Last week, soon after the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, 20 senators spoke out for commonsense measures to #StopGunViolence. The gun violence crisis is real, and each of us must call for quick action.

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Blog: Putting People First in Our Budget Crisis

Oct 13, 2015 | By Rachel Schmidt

The federal budget is a complicated piece of legislation, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. “Wonky” data, words like “sequestration,” and polarized political parties are enough to make anyone’s eyes glaze over. However, the budget is not merely something elected officials tend to busy themselves with. It is essential to bring about the common good, the development and fulfillment of all people in society, by creating a faithful budget.

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