Category Archives: federal budget

Don’t Panic! We Can Expand Social Security and Medicare

Posted at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/07/29/dont-panic-we-can-expand-social-security-and-medicare Published on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 By Campaign for America’s Future Blog by Richard Eskow (Photo: flickr / cc / Robert Neff) Actuarial science is the art of prediction. And speaking of predictions, here’s one that hasn’t … Continue reading

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What Could We Afford to Fund if We Revised Our Tax Code?

From the National Priorities Project (http://nationalpriorities.org/): A spate of so-called “inversions,” with companies moving their books overseas to avoid paying taxes in the United States, has revived attention to our troubled tax code. Tax breaks for corporations already siphon off … Continue reading

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Rep. Ryan’s Poverty Plan – Reactions and Resources

From the Coalition on Human Needs (http://www.chn.org): By Lecia Imbery July 24, 2014 Earlier today, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) appeared at an event hosted by AEI to unveil his new plan to fight poverty, “Expanding Opportunity in America.” Rep. Ryan’s … Continue reading

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Contact Congress to Support Unaccompanied Minors at the Border

From the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (http://www.elca.org): I John 3:18: “…Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” Contact your members of Congress at http://capwiz.com/elca/issues/alert/?alertid=63286196 to support unaccompanied minors at the border! On July … Continue reading

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FRAC Statement on Rep. Ryan’s Poverty Plan

From the Food Research and Action Center (http://www.frac.org): Repackaging and doubling down on bad ideas doesn’t make them good ones, and that’s what Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s proposal (pdf) today tries to do. This time, instead of just making … Continue reading

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House Uses Funding Meant for Unemployment to Pay for Highway Bill Patch

From the Coalition on Human Needs (http://www.chn.org): July 22, 2014 The House on Tuesday passed (367-55) a bill to fund road, bridge, and public transportation projects through May 2015, but they paid for the package with the same revenue sources … Continue reading

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Congress Looks to Cut Cost of Child Care

Tom Joseph, Public News Service-PA Posted at http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-07-23/childrens-issues/congress-looks-to-cut-cost-of-child-care/a40703-1 (07/23/14) HARRISBURG, Pa. – As the cost of child care in this country continues to grow, so does the chorus of voices calling on Congress to take action. For many working families, … Continue reading

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Highway Trust Fund Temporarily Saved, Unemployed Still Waiting on EUC

From the Center for Effective Government (http://www.foreffectivegov.org): Legislation to save the National Highway Trust Fund temporarily uses funding from the same sources that had been included in bipartisan legislation to extend unemployment benefits. The funding, which could have supported the … Continue reading

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Fact of the Week: Since FY 2010, at Least 119 Important Human Needs Programs Have Been Cut, 99 by More than 10%

By Lecia Imbery July 14, 2014 New data released by CHN shows that, out of a group of 131 programs of special importance to low-income and vulnerable people, 119 saw decreases from FY 2010 through FY 2014 after adjusting for inflation. Ninety-nine … Continue reading

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Urge Congress to Fund McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance

From the People’s Emergency Center (http://www.pec-cares.org): The program McKinney-Vento ends homelessness. In Pennsylvania, more than 18,000 citizens are housed with this support. Last year, the U.S. Congress cut funding to the McKinney-Vento by 5%, compelling reductions in housing, employment programs, and more. PEC … Continue reading

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