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Economic Justice

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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Press Release: NETWORK Releases Annual Catholic Social Justice Scorecard for Congress

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 2, 2016

Media Contact: Paul Marchione, 202-601-7869, pmarchione@networklobby.org

Senator Rubio among those who scored 0%

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: 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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NETWORK Statement on ‘The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015’

NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby is encouraged to hear that a budget deal has been reached that will surpass sequester budget caps for the next two years and raise the debt ceiling to prevent a default on our nation’s financial obligations. Achieving these objectives will lead to a more stable and secure economy that is better equipped to care for the needs of those who are vulnerable and to grow with innovation and improvement.

Blog: Today’s Poverty Data Release

Sep 16, 2015 | By Marge Clark, BVM

No better, no worse! The U.S. Census Bureau released the poverty statistics for 2014. Compared with 2013, there were no significant differences in the percentages of people living in poverty. “No change” is NOT something to laud in our society!

Again, more than one in every five children (21.1%) lives below the poverty threshold.

Still, more women (16.1%) and more households headed by women (30.6%) live in poverty than is true for men (13.4% and 15.7%).

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Blog: Today, 9/11

Sep 11, 2015 | By Bethan Johnson, Grassroots Mobilization Associate

Two weeks ago as I boarded the Metro to work, I read that Marcy Borders had died of cancer at the age of 42. Her name likely is not particularly familiar to most Americans, since the media has called her ‘The Dust Lady’ for the last 14 years. The photograph of her as she evacuated the North Tower—her fancy dress and shoes coated in white dust, the hint of her pearl necklace still visible, and the overwhelming look of confusion and fear on her face—has been used in artistic efforts tocapture the national mood in the wake of the attacks.

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Blog: Reflecting on Hurricane Katrina Ten Years Later

Aug 31, 2015 | By Bethan Johnson, Grassroots Mobilization Associate

Ten years ago today, after Hurricane Katrina was downgraded from a Category 3 storm to a tropical depression, President Bush flew over New Orleans and saw that 85% of the city was underwater. Eight days after meteorologists began warning us of the storm, Hurricane Katrina had displaced more than one million people in the Gulf Coast region and killed scores.

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Blog: Important New Tax Information

Aug 28, 2015 | By Laura Peralta-Schulte

NETWORK continues to advocate for making permanent the 2009 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit improvements set to expire in 2017 as well as to strengthen the EITC to include younger, childless workers. These essential anti-poverty credits have been hugely effective at helping families achieve financial stability. If the key provisions expire, 16 million Americans, including 8 million children, will fall into — or deeper into — poverty.

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