February 2011

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Early Saturday February 19 the House of Representatives passed legislation (H.R. 1) that would cut federal spending by $61 billion.  The cuts come mainly in programs dedicated to assistance for vulnerable populations in the U.S. and internationally.   You can let your Senators know that this approach to the budget is neither responsible nor just.…

Read more Funding Our Priorities

The federal budget has been in the news a lot lately. The Program for Public Consultation, affiliated with the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, has a great budget tool online which allows you to try your hand at shaping the federal budget. Give it a try and see how you do!

Christina Warner reflects on the budget for Third Way Cafe: Programs addressing poverty are 10 percent of the federal budget. Despite the small portion of spending and the growing importance of assistance, these programs may be the ones cut most deeply to reduce the deficit… Currently, military spending counts for nearly 50 percent of discretionary…

Read more The Budget is a Moral Document

From the Tuscon Weekly: Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano chose El Paso, Texas, as the site for a major speech on the matter, a place recognized by crime statisticians as the safest large city in the country. You read that correctly—right across the river from Ciudad Juarez, the most dangerous city in Mexico,…

Read more Border areas—and Border Patrol agents—are relatively safe

A resolution on Israeli settlement construction could be considered in the next few days in the United Nations Security Council. The draft resolution circulating at the U.N. Security Council would: reaffirm the illegality of Israeli settlements in Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, name settlements as a major obstacle to peace, demand that Israel cease all…

Read more U.S. Should Support U.N. Security Council Resolution