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Senate Passes Budget Resolution Harmful to Vulnerable Communities

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

On May 6, the U.S. Senate voted 51-48 to approve a budget resolution that slashes funding for vulnerable Americans, underfunds transportation and education, and harms long-term economic growth. In a letter ahead of the vote, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights urged the Senate to oppose the resolution, calling it “a blue print … Read More

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Congress Introduces Bill to Raise the Minimum Wage

Thursday, April 30, 2015

On April 30, lawmakers in both houses of Congress introduced legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $12 per hour by 2020. The bill would especially help women, African Americans, Latinos, and other historically underserved populations who are disproportionately represented in minimum wage jobs. Economists project that the proposal would increase wages … Read More

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New Report Details Local Progress in Combatting Poverty

Sunday, November 23, 2014

As part of its goal to cut poverty in half in ten years, Half in Ten released its annual poverty and inequality indicators report at an event at the Center for American Progress on November 17 featuring Sister Simone Campbell of the “Nuns on the Bus” campaign. The report, “Building Local Momentum for National Change,” … Read More

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Obama Signs Order Requiring Contractors to Disclose Labor Violations

Friday, August 1, 2014

President Obama on July 31 signed The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, requiring federal contractors – before they can receive new federal contracts – to disclose labor law violations that have occurred in the last three years. “The government should not reward lawbreakers with taxpayer-funded contracts,” said Wade Henderson, president and CEO of … Read More

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