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DEMOCRATIC PARTY LEADERS PRESENT MAJOR ECONOMIC      
Led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, major legislation to improve the economic condition of all working Americans was discussed by the Democratic House leadership on the East Capitol Steps in Washington, DC, at 9:30 am on Wednesday, July 16.  Called the 100 Day Action Plan, several separate bills were described briefly, all dedicated to improving the economic welfare of all working people whose income has continued to fall compared to the corporate and financial elite.  One example of this legislation was a provision introduced by Chris Van Hollen of Maryland that would tie salary increases of corporate executives to pay increases for the workers.  Another was an improved measure that would guarantee equal pay for women doing the same jobs as men, a goal not yet fully achieved and promoted by Pelosi with the phrase “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds.”  Other measures include relief for students seeking a college education and provisions to provide jobs through “made in America” programs. The Republicans were not forgotten during the presentations.  As the 100 Day Action Plan was being revealed, it was noted that the House Republicans were busy discussing ways to sue the president.  While no direct reference to the Hobby Lobby decision was made, it was noted that women’s rights have taken a few steps backward recently and there is a clear need to reverse that.  ISHV does not formally endorse any political party, or any candidates, in order to maintain an open-minded stance on the issues of the day.  Nevertheless, for those concerned with socioeconomic justice, there were many attractive features of the legislation to be pursued.  The hope of the Democrats is for some progress from the current slow-moving Congress, followed by a return to a majority in the coming mid-term election.  That is for the American voters to decide.
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ISHV Board Member Stuart Jordan to stand with Democratic Leader   Nancy Pelosi
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