Monthly Archives: July 2010

Large Health Insurers Discuss Creating Organization to Influence Elections

From the Center for Public Integrity (   Five of the nation’s largest health insurers are in serious discussions about creating a new nonprofit group and bankrolling it to the tune of about $20 million to influence tight congressional races … Continue reading

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Significant Birthdays for Medicare and Social Security—Celebrate with a Bulletin Insert

The UCC’s Minister for Health Care Justice, Barbara Baylor, has distributed a bulletin insert celebrating Social Security’s 75th Birthday (August 14, 1935) and Medicare’s 45th Birthday (July 30, 1965). The insert is packed with information and statistics about these two … Continue reading

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U.S. Faith Community Hails House Passage of Legislation to Reduce Sentencing Disparity Between Crack and Powder Cocaine

Bishop Peggy Johnson of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church is quoted in this release.   From the National Council of Churches (   Washington, July 30, 2010 — Faith leaders applauded the U.S. Congress’ approval yesterday … Continue reading

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AZ Anti-Immigrant Law Blocked by Washington

From Bread for the World (   Echoing the state-federal conflicts of the 1960s civil rights movement, a federal judge today blocked key components of a popular Arizona state law ( that would—among other measures—require police officers to ascertain the … Continue reading

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LIRS Celebrates House Passage of Legislation to Provide Permanency to Vulnerable Haitian Orphans

From Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (   BALTIMORE, July 27, 2010–Last week, the House of Representatives passed the Help Haitian Adoptees Immediately to Integrate Act of 2010 (Help HAITI Act) by voice vote. The legislation, H.R. 5283 (, introduced … Continue reading

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Support Economic Justice for the World’s Poorest through Debt Relief

From Jubilee USA ( Right now, we only have 20 Representatives signed on to a letter to President Obama from Congresswoman Maxine Waters and her colleagues.  With the House of Representatives’ recess starting August 9 time is running out to … Continue reading

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Commentary: The Case for a Strong Estate Tax

From OMB Watch (   On Capitol Hill, there exists a debate about the future of the Bush tax cuts and the federal estate tax. While President Bush’s 2001 tax policy eliminated the estate tax for 2010, it is set … Continue reading

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Legal Actions on Oil and Gas Activities, Mountaintop Mining

From OMB Watch (   Alaska Court Stops All Oil and Gas Activities in Chukchi Sea   On July 21, a federal district court judge in Alaska issued an order halting all oil and gas activities in more than 29 … Continue reading

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House Approves National Criminal Justice Commission Act–Urge Senate to Act

From The Sentencing Project (   Nation’s Entire Criminal Justice System One Step Closer to Getting Comprehensive Review   The House of Representatives today passed legislation that would establish a national commission to conduct a thorough evaluation of the nation’s … Continue reading

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National Housing Trust Fund and Other Lost Provisions of HR 4213 Need New Legislative Vehicle—Support Its Creation

Scroll down for action.   From the National Low Income Housing Coalition (   With new Senator Carte Goodwin (D-WV) and Maine Republican Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins voting in the affirmative, the Senate finally passed H.R. 4213, extending … Continue reading

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