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Asunto: ¿Has escuchado el consejo de McDonald’s para las vacaciones?

December 3, 2013
Perturbada. Así es como me sentí después de ver las últimas noticias de vacaciones que estaban saliendo de algunos de los negocios más grandes de nuestro país. Por ejemplo, los reportes de Noticias ABC . McDonald’s le está dando a sus empleados “consejos financieros” como, “Vender algunas de sus posesiones no deseadas en eBay o Craigslist le puede traer un poco de dinero rápido” y “Cántele adiós al stress: cantando sus canciones favoritas puede reducir su presión sanguínea.” Y, como fue reportado por The Nation , un Walmart en Ohio “está realizando una recolección de alimentos – ¡para sus...
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What happens to US jobs with lower corporate tax rates?

December 3, 2013
As we move into this season of connecting with family and old friends, I’m guessing most of us know someone who is struggling in the sluggish job market – a nephew who hasn’t been able to get a foothold in the career of his choice, a teacher who was laid off, an older neighbor who has had his hours cut. Sometimes it feels like our political leaders just don’t see the pain that real people feel when the economy isn’t growing fast enough to absorb everyone who wants to work. And then there are others who use the country’s problems to push a “reform” agenda that makes no sense. A couple of weeks...
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Give Americans a reason to be thankful: A Congress that listens

November 28, 2013
This Thanksgiving, Congress should set aside dysfunction and the austerity mindset and give the American people a reason to be thankful: a federal spending and revenue plan that takes our best interests to heart. In calling for the release of top-line budget numbers prior to Thanksgiving recess, members of the House Appropriations Committee noted that there could be “ extremely damaging repercussions ” if the budget conference committee fails to reach a deal by the agreed-upon December 13 deadline. [1] It’s clear that federal budget debates are no longer for the faint of heart. What’s less...
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Budget Stalemate Closes Head Start’s Doors to 750 Washington Children

November 26, 2013
If you think the federal budget stalemate means things are not changing in your community you are sadly mistaken. The standoff has slammed Head Start’s doors, and eliminated opportunities to prepare for school, in the faces of 750 potential preschoolers around Washington state. How? Last March, the budget impasse triggered across-the-board cuts in federal spending, an ominous but vague-sounding step that’s having devastating effects on local families. Head Start lost 5 percent of its overall funding and that meant 750 kids couldn’t enroll in Head Start in Washington this year. Since March the...
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Tell Congress to Protect Kids in the Budget!

November 8, 2013
Recent statistics are alarming: One out of five children live in a family that is food insecure. Over 1.1 million homeless students are currently enrolled in U.S. preschools and K-12 schools, the highest number ever recorded. The top 1% of households own 35.4% of all privately held wealth in the United States and their share of the nation’s income has more than doubled over the past 30 years. Americans now enjoy less economic mobility than their peers in Canada and Western Europe. [5] Right now Congress is making decisions about our nation’s budget that will determine whether we provide...
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Momentum Is Building to Close Corporate Offshore Tax Loopholes

November 7, 2013
Some folks in Congress are ready to close up offshore corporate tax loopholes. Others still need convincing. A total of 538 organizations – representing tens of millions of people – came together to tell the Senate to close up the loopholes that encourage big corporations to move jobs, profits and operations offshore and dodge paying their fair share of taxes here in the U.S. You can read our letter to the Senate here. The groups represent all sorts of people – moms, retirees, teachers, people of color, nature lovers, immigrants, religious leaders, electrical workers – way more than we can...
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When Government Is Too Small

October 23, 2013
Every American should have been in the streets when our elected officials labeled cancer care for children as "nonessential." On a damp Friday morning, 11 days into the government shutdown, a few dozen truckers took to the Capital Beltway to tell lawmakers they were angry. They were protesting big government. Yet opinion polls showed that Americans opposed the government shutdown and were hurting because of it. At that moment, according to polls, nearly one in three Americans already felt personally affected not by too much government, but by too little — by the sudden freeze in critical...
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Congress Reaches an Agreement….For Now

October 23, 2013
After 16 days of gridlock, partisan temper tantrums, and lost paychecks by government workers, Congress finally approved—and the President signed—a bill that reopens and funds the federal government . The good news is this national nightmare is over: government workers are back to work , national parks are reopened , and the vital services that so many people depend on—from cancer research to Head Start—are back up and running. The bad news: When House Leadership allowed raising the debt ceiling to become an issue of debate, our country came dangerously close to defaulting and causing an...
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10 Ways the Government Shutdown Has Impacted Children

October 16, 2013
10. Access to Child Care: Many students enrolled at early childhood education programs in states like Alabama, Georgia, and Florida weren’t able to attend as some of the Head Start programs were closed due to the government shutdown; a $10 million donation has reopened seven programs in six states, but funding for other programs may run out by the end of the month. 9. Nutrition: Millions of vulnerable mothers and children are at risk of losing nutritional support from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) by the end of this month, when emergency...
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10 Ways the Government Shutdown Has Impacted Women

October 16, 2013
10. Access to Child Care: Moms in states like Alabama, Georgia, and Florida have scrambled to find child care for their children as a number of Head Start programs were closed ; a $10 million donation has reopened seven programs in six states, but funding for other programs may run out by the end of the month. 9. Nutrition: Millions of vulnerable mothers and children are at risk of losing nutritional support from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) by the end of this month, when emergency funding for the program is expected to run out . 8...
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