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STATEMENT: Congress Scraps Anti-Corruption Measure

On Feb. 3, 2017, the Senate voted 52-48 to scrap a rule designed to prevent oil companies from bribing foreign officials. Referred to as the Cardin-Lugar transparency provision, the rule required U.S.-listed drilling and mining companies including Exxon, Chevron and many others to publish details of their payments to governments across the world in return for rights to natural resources, with the goal of ending corruption. Fair Share's Nathan Proctor had this statement:

"We cannot tolerate a society where the rules only apply to some, but not the most powerful companies.

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6 ways the Senate Democrats' infrastructure plan will work better than President Trump's

The Trump White House previewed part of their infrastructure, and Senate Democrats have countered with a plan on its own.

While we don't know exactly what the administration is planning, during the campaign they offered an overview of a plan that focused on tax breaks for private developers. Over the last few days, a list of possible projects was leaked which appear to be at odds with that earlier overview.

Fair Share supports investing in infrastructure, prioritizing repair, maintenance, long-term sustainability and expanding access to economic opportunities.

House Report Recommends Against "Gutting" Food Assistance

Anti-hunger advocates were relieved to hear that our message that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is working is getting through to Congress. This week, the House released a report on a two-year, top-to-bottom review of SNAP and found that the program is effective and necessary.

In an statement published at Politico, House Agriculture Committee Chair Mike Conway (R-Texas) said "You will find nothing in this report that suggests gutting SNAP or getting rid of a program that does so much to serve so many."

This represents somewhat of a reversal on previous statements,

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Fair Share endorsed 48 candidates across the country in U.S. Senate and U.S. House races, 32 of which won election.

Fair Share looks forward to working with these members Congress who share our vision of a future that gives all Americans -- not just the powerful or the lucky or the super-talented few -- the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives in a changing economy.

Study: Offshore Corporate Cash Stockpile Up to $2.5 Trillion

73% of Fortune 500 Companies used tax havens in 2015, dodging $717.8 billion in federal taxes in the process.

A new report, "Offshore Shell Games," by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy details how these companies hoard cash offshore. Collectively, multinationals reported booking $2.5 trillion offshore, with just 30 companies accounting for 66 percent of this total.

The cost to the tax payer is huge, with nearly $718 billion in dodged taxes.

There is a real cost to our communities when we allow a set of companies to play

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