Monthly Archives: July 2009

House Education and Labor Committee Passes Health Care Reform Legislation; Calls to Representatives Needed

Today, the House Education and Labor Committee voted 26-22 to report out HR 3200 (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.+3200:), the American Affordable Health Choice’s Act (AAHCA). The intent of this legislation is to ensure affordable health coverage to millions of uninsured Americans, and to … Continue reading

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“A New Metropolis” Documentary Screenings—July 23 in Chester, July 30 in Norristown

From Good Schools Pennsylvania:   We’ve witnessed in Pennsylvania how a key policy such as education finance can contribute to blighting of communities with weak property tax bases. Now, a new documentary sheds a light on similar trends around the … Continue reading

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U.S. Military Spending Leads the World

Mark Harrison, Director of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society (http://www.umc-gbcs.org/site/c.frLJK2PKLqF/b.2794211/k.C908/Welcome_to_The_General_Board_of_Church_and_Society.htm?sid=119756975) Peace with Justice Program, reported in a July 15 posting that military expenditures worldwide set a new record, and that the United States accounted for 42% … Continue reading

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Recent CBPP Reports Explain How House Climate Change Bill Could Be Improved in the Senate

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP, at http://www.cbpp.org) asks, “Does the ‘cap-and-trade’ bill (H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, at http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-2454) passed out of the House of Representatives in June do enough to protect … Continue reading

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CTJ Releases State-by-State Figures on House Surcharge Proposal as Momentum Builds for Progressive Measures to Finance Health Care Reform

From Citizens for Tax Justice:   Citizens for Tax Justice (http://www.ctj.org) has found that a surcharge proposed by the House Ways and Means Committee to finance health care reform would be paid by the richest 1.3 percent of taxpayers nation-wide. … Continue reading

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New Effort to Reduce Nuclear Weapons

Faithful Security (http://www.faithfulsecurity.org/) has reported that the Joint Understanding for the START Follow-on Treaty signed by President Obama and President Medvedev on July 6, 2009 commits the United States and Russia to “reduce their strategic warheads to a range of … Continue reading

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CDF Freedom Schools® National Day of Social Action

From the Children’s Defense Fund:   While elected officials on Capitol Hill are making crucial decisions right now to improve our broken health care system, thousands of children across the country are stepping up and letting their voices be heard. By taking … Continue reading

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Send Faxes to Support State Single Payer Bills in Congress

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Representative Dennis Kucinich of Ohio each have sponsored legislation in their respective chambers allowing states to create their own single payer systems, something not allowed under current law. Support for both bills is in line … Continue reading

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Let Justice Roll—Sign On to Support the $10 in 2010 Campaign

Please join in signing on to Let Justice Roll’s (http://www.letjusticeroll.org) $10 in 2010 Campaign to help low income persons earn a living wage, rather than a poverty wage.   You can help in several ways:   If you are a … Continue reading

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Ongoing Actions by Coalition Partner Organizations

Take Action to Support Energy Saving Loan Programs in PA: http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=983. (Posted 7/13/09)   Urge Congress to Fund Critical International Affairs Programs: http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=962. (Posted 7/10/09)   Support a Severance Tax on Natural Gas Extraction for Pennsylvania: http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=875. (Posted 6/30/09)   … Continue reading

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