Weekly Round Up: October 5 – 9, 2009

The center concluded this week that more needs to be done to help the jobless, health reform is the best prescription, and a global climate agreement needs four key building blocks.

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More Spending Is Necessary to Clean Up the Economic Mess

This week Scott Lilly examined September’s employment numbers and concluded that more needs to be done to help Americans who are suffering. Also, in his monthly economic snapshot Christian Weller argued that policymakers need to focus on those who are economically most vulnerable while the labor market tries to recover.

Meanwhile, David Abromowitz explained why extending untargeted home buying credits misses an opportunity for more effective economic stimulus.

CAP Action Senior Fellow David Balto testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the importance of the Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009, and Andrew Jakabovics offered testimony before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on the future of mortgage market and the housing enterprises.

kid getting blood pressure checked


Health Reform Is the Right Prescription

Ellen-Marie Whelan and Mandy Krauthamer went through the health bills before Congress and underscored why health reform is the correct prescription for health professionals and patients alike. Whelan explained in an “Ask the Expert” video what it means to “bend the cost curve” on health care and how we can achieve it through health reform.

American Progress’ CEO and President John Podesta received Georgetown University’s Drinan Award for public service.

And Robert Valencia wrote that the large pool of Hispanic and American soccer fans signals a revival of a two-way acculturation.


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Energy and Environment

Meeting the Climate Challenge

The Center for American Progress and the United Nations Foundation released a report that outlines building blocks for a global agreement on climate issues. And this week’s “Easy Being Green” looked at how sports leagues such as NASCAR, MLB, and the NBA have managed programs for the environment’s sake.

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