Advocacy

NASW Supports Push to Help Families Meet Caregiving Obligations

Today the President’s Middle Class Task Force released its annual report with significant recommendations that would provide support for families.   Chaired by Vice-President Joe Biden with social worker Dr. Jared Bernstein serving as Executive Director, recommendations were categorized in the following four areas: Protecting Workers and Creating Middle Class Jobs Retirement Security Balancing Work and Family Responsibilities Pathways to the ... Read More »

NASW Health Care Reform Roundup – February 23, 2009

Earlier this week the White House released a summary of its $950 billion plan to reconcile the House and Senate versions of comprehensive health reform legislation. Release of the plan marks a new phase of more direct presidential involvement in the legislative negotiations. The President’s plan largely favors the Senate’s bill and clarifies use of a legislative strategy known as ... Read More »

Jobs, the Economy and Our Legacy

Within four weeks of taking office, Congress presented a “stimulus package” to President Obama, who signed it.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is now one year old.  About half of the money has been distributed, mostly to states, as well as to extend unemployment benefits, expand eligibility for Food Stamps, support Medicaid for states.  Independent economic analyses of ... Read More »

News from the Hill – February 2010

Take Action Now! – Social Work Reinvestment On February 3, Ed Towns (NY-10) introduced H.R. 795, the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act. To date there are 38 cosponsors. The act establishes a Social Work Reinvestment Commission to address the future of the profession. It also establishes demonstration programs that address the current state ... Read More »

NASW Health Care Reform Roundup – February 5, 2010

In an effort to keep you informed of the work NASW is doing on health care reform, we will periodically send out a roundup of activities. Health Reform Update With the election of Senator Scott Brown (R-MA), there were concerns that health care reform would take a back seat to other congressional priorities such as jobs and the economy. Congressional ... Read More »

NASW Cosponsored Health Action 2010 Conference

Families USA held its 15th Annual Grassroots Meeting Health Action 2010 on January 28-30, 2010 in Washington, DC.  NASW was a cosponsor of the conference.  Some of the presenters included White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Sen. Al Franken, Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen, NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, ... Read More »

Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Back on the Table?

In November, groups hoping for the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy were disappointed when the Senate Armed Services indefinitely postponed a long awaited hearing on the matter. However, the issue was moved to the forefront during the State of the Union speech, when President Obama uttered the words, “This year, I will work with Congress and our ... Read More »

Michelle Obama and Military Families

First Lady Michelle Obama has made military families a priority throughout her time in the White House. First, she thanked veterans and their families privately for their contributions. Then, she publicly stated her support alongside Dr. Jill Biden at the 2009 World Series. Now, she has delivered the most meaningful contribution of all: a promise of funding. According to Mrs. ... Read More »

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: Peace Advocate

In October, Representative Barbara Lee (CA-9) introduced H.R. 3699, a bill to prohibit any funds being expended to increase the number of members of the United States armed forces serving in Afghanistan. The bill currently has 27 cosponsors and has been referred to the House Committee on Armed Forces. Rep. Lee, a social worker, was the only opponent to George ... Read More »