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Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act becomes Law

Thursday, January 29, 2009

President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law this morning, making it easier for employees to challenge pay discrimination in court.The law reverses a damaging Supreme Court decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. that restricted an employee’s ability to file claims to 180 days from the date that the … Read More

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House Passes Stimulus Package to Aid Distressed Americans

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tonight, by a vote of 244-188, the House of Representatives passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (PDF), a bill that lawmakers hope will help stimulate the struggling economy.  LCCR urged support for the bill in a January 27 letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, noting that leading economists agree that a combination of spending initiatives and tax … Read More

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King’s Economic Justice Vision

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was as committed to economic justice as he was to ending segregation.  And yet, Dr. King’s speeches on economic justice and eradicating poverty are still not as well known as his speeches on racial discrimination.  These speeches, about helping the poorest Americans, regardless of race, speak to problems … Read More

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House Approves Expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program

Friday, January 16, 2009

On January 14, the U.S. House of Representatives voted (289-139) to reauthorize and expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to cover an additional four million uninsured children. SCHIP provides health insurance for low-income children from families who are not covered by private insurance and do not qualify for Medicaid. It currently helps states … Read More

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