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Danger Ahead for the Economy



Late last month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an alarming report—that the country was headed toward a “fiscal cliff” in January 2013, which could shatter an already fragile economic recovery. The culprit? A one-two punch of the expiration of President Bush’s tax cuts and a series of massive spending cuts borne of the debt […]

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Driving Toward Wheelchair Accessibility in NYC



New York City is one of the world’s great cities. The “city that never sleeps” has fantastic food and nightlife, great sports teams (unless you’re from Boston), and a public transit system that’s among the best in the world. Supplementing New York’s subway and bus lines are its approximately 13,000 iconic yellow taxis. Neither the […]

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Winter is Coming, But Where’s the Heat?



The weather in Washington these past few days was best described, in the words of one of my-coworkers here at the RAC, as “Where is my second pair of long johns!?” cold. This winter, many Americans will be left to face winter’s cold without adequately heated homes. A cut of approximately 25% to the Low-Income […]

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Jewish Disability Awareness Month is almost here!



March is among my favorite months of the year: the one-two-three punch of basketball, my birthday, and cherry blossoms. This year, though, I’m excited about February—or as it’s known in the Jewish community, Jewish Disability Awareness Month. Now in its fourth year, the month presents us with an opportunity to break down barriers, educate our […]

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Year in Review: Economic Justice



Throughout 2011,  the American economy has remained on shaky ground, and our nation’s most vulnerable populations have remained at increased risk. Economic turmoil in Europe—and a Congress that has done little to help the economy recover—have put an increased strain on our social safety net. In our homes, schools, and offices, the situation is equally […]

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An Update on Unemployment Insurance



Lost in the ongoing debate over an extension of the payroll tax cut has been the fate of unemployment insurance. Tuesday, the House majority rejected a Senate proposal that would have extended the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits for two months, through February, buying time for a longer-term deal to be struck. While the […]

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RAC Rundown: Economic Justice



The following is part of the “RAC Rundown” series of special legislative briefings that have been presented at Tzedek Central throughout the 2011 URJ Biennial. Working on behalf of those in need is at the very core of our Jewish tradition. We are commanded to leave the corners of our fields unharvested, so that “the […]

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#URJBiennial: Economic Justice, Front and Center



This week, 6,000 Jews have descended on the Washington, D.C., area for the 2011 URJ Biennial. For those of you reading this who are coming to Biennial (or are there already), I look forward to meeting you. If you’re unable to make it, the Biennial is being webcast live, so you’ll be able to enjoy […]

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Two Votes Don’t Make A Balanced Budget Amendment Right



This week, the Senate is expected to take up S. J. Res. 23 and S. J. Res 24, both of which are balanced budget amendments. As this space has written before, a balanced budget amendment may sound reasonable on its face, but further examination reveals that this would be a disastrous path. The balanced budget […]

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Will the Senate Put the American People Ahead of Big Banks?



On Thursday, the Senate failed to reach the 60-vote threshold to proceed to a vote on the nomination of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The Bureau was created last year as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Yesterday’s failed cloture […]

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Oregon Governor Halts Death Penalty



Last week, Gary Haugen was about to become the third person executed by the state of Oregon since it reinstated the death penalty in 1984. Haugen was convicted of the killing of his former girlfriend’s mother, and received a life sentence. After being convictedof the 2003 murder of a fellow inmate, Haugen was sentenced to […]

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Congress Must Extend Unemployment Benefits



The economy just can’t seem to catch a break, can it? Just when things seemed to be on the rise, continued economic turmoil in Europeis causing quite a stir. Unfortunately, things may be about to get even worse on this side of the pond, as federal unemployment benefits are scheduled to expire at the beginning […]

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Barren Tables, Empty Stomachs



One in two. One in five. While at first glance this might seem to be the touchdown-to-interception ratio the Miami Dolphins are likely to set in their Thanksgiving afternoon game against the Dallas Cowboys, it represents something far more serious and disturbing then ineptitude on the football field. I recently finished the Food Stamp Challenge, […]

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Super Committee Fails to Reach Deal



Yesterday evening, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction announced its failure to reach an agreement. Rather than taking a long look in the mirror and trying to figure out solutions to the gridlock that has only begat failure, Democrats and Republicans alike are sniping at each other and castigating each other for failing to […]

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