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America's Social Security program is the nation's only subsidized family-protection program for all persons, regardless of race, class, age, and gender. Social Security provides retirement and disability insurance benefits for qualified workers and their dependents, as well as benefits for survivors of deceased workers.

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Advocates Say Election Shows that Americans Want a Federal Budget that Protects the Middle Class

November 8, 2012 - Posted by Ron Bigler

In an open letter to President Obama and Congress that ran in today's Washington Post, a broad range of civil rights, labor, and progressive leaders urged them to "focus on rebuilding the middle class and strengthening our economy by investing in jobs, not cuts."

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Opposes Balanced Budget Amendments in U.S. Senate

November 29, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is opposing efforts in the U.S. Senate to pass a balanced budget amendment (BBA) to the Constitution.

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House Votes Down Balanced Budget Amendment

November 18, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

Civil and human rights advocates today applauded members of Congress for rejecting a misguided effort to amend the U.S. Constitution with a balanced budget amendment.

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Civil Rights Coalition Opposes Balanced Budget Amendment

November 15, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is again opposing efforts in Congress to pass a balanced budget amendment (BBA) to the Constitution.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls Obama Budget Plan ‘Fair’ to Low- and Moderate-Income Americans

April 15, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 organizations, welcomed the Obama administration’s $4 trillion deficit reduction plan released this week.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Congress to Reject Ryan's 'Draconian' Budget Resolution

April 12, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 organizations, is calling on Congress to reject the Fiscal Year 2012 budget resolution put forward by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

"The Ryan budget makes cuts that are extreme and irresponsible, slashing or eliminating many services that are needed by communities represented by The Leadership Conference, including vulnerable and low-income people such as young children, students, older people, the jobless, and the uninsured," said Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference, and Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president, in a letter to members of Congress.

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Jack Gross Takes His Age Discrimination Fight to Washington

May 11, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Still seeking justice after last year's Supreme Court ruling that limited the right to challenge age discrimination in the workplace, Jack Gross last week testified before members of Congress about the need to pass the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act.

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New Campaign Works to Ensure Older Adults Receive the Best Health Care Possible

April 8, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Today, the National Partnership for Women and Families, National Health Law Program (NHeLP), and Community Catalyst, launched the Campaign for Better Care to ensure that health reform works for older adults with multiple health problems. 

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Congress Introduces Bill to Protect Older Workers from Discrimination

October 6, 2009 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Congress introduced a bill today in both the Senate and the House of Representatives that will fix the Supreme Court's recent decision in Gross v. FBL Financial Services Inc., which seriously undermined employment protections for older workers.

"The Court's ruling is fundamentally unfair because it makes it nearly impossible for older workers to prove they've been the victim of age discrimination. It also opens the door to eroding the rights of all workers, regardless of their age – a price that American workers cannot afford," Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, said.

The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act will restore the rights of older workers facing age discrimination to what it has been for decades and will ensure a consistent standard for all employees facing employment discrimination or retaliation.

"Congress should move swiftly to restore fairness in the workplace and pass the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act," Henderson said.

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