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Families & The Federal Budget

Preserve tax credits so struggling families can do more than just survive

October 20, 2015
Since joining RESULTS earlier this year, I’ve learned to understand the power of my own voice. If I speak up and demand change — and if other ordinary people do the same — our elected representatives will listen. That’s why advocacy is such an incredible force. It has the capacity to transform...
Ruth Innocent's picture

Stop the Cuts: Public Programs Lift Millions of Women and Children Out of Poverty

October 19, 2015
Some members of Congress are putting public programs that are vital to women and families on the chopping block—despite evidence showing that these programs lift millions of Americans out of poverty each year. With poverty levels as high as they are, we can’t afford to let Congress cut these...
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Let’s Stop The Tax Cuts For Corporations Instead

October 19, 2015
How much would it cost to #stopthecuts to all the non-defense programs threatened by sequestration next year? $37 billion . And even if the sequester is averted, funding for these programs would be at historically low levels , following years of reduced funding. Some Members of Congress refuse to...
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Building a Better UI Program for Today’s Working Mothers

October 19, 2015
The 80th anniversary of unemployment insurance (UI) passed with little notice in August. Passage of time alone does not explain UI’s sad, sorry state. Instead, deliberate limitations were built into the program’s beginnings while others have been adopted during its history. Studies show that women...
Rick McHugh's picture

Six Things You Should Know About the Debt Ceiling

October 19, 2015
The U.S. is expected to reach the debt ceiling in just 18 days, on November 3. And then the trouble starts.
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Budget Cap Will Cap Dad’s and Daughter’s Futures

October 19, 2015
This is a somewhat abbreviated version of a post published on Poverty & Policy. You can read it here: http://wp.me/pobp0-289 I first met Peter* on a street corner in my neighborhood, where he was selling Street Sense , the newspaper for homeless people in the District of Columbia. He now does...
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Congress isn’t facing a crisis of resources but of priorities

October 19, 2015
Have you ever had to choose between medicine and gasoline? What about rent and car insurance? How about keeping your phone on and electricity? Every day, these are the sorts of decisions that far too many people living in the United States have to make. Poverty remains stubbornly and unacceptably...
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Five Reasons We Can’t Wait for Universal Preschool

October 19, 2015
All at once, I changed jobs and our part-time babysitter moved on after three terrific years: the scramble was on for loving, enriching child care at a price that didn’t break our family’s budget. Maybe you’ve been there. Maybe it was 30 years ago, or maybe just last year. Maybe you’re not a parent...
Lindsay Koshgarian's picture

Giving all families a chance at healthy lives

October 19, 2015
Some of the most burdensome health conditions our communities and families face can be prevented. Yes, it is easier said than done, but we must take action when more than half of all adults in the U.S. have a chronic health disease and 7 in 10 adult deaths are caused by ones such as cancer, heart...
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Tight Spending Caps Continue To Squeeze Important Priorities

October 19, 2015
As President Obama and Congressional leaders continue their budget discussions, it’s important to understand just how much is at stake for American families. The 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA) placed strict caps on defense and non-defense programs funded through annual appropriations. These caps...
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