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Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security

Joan Entmacher

Joan Entmacher is Vice President for Family Economic Security at the National Women's Law Center, where she leads a team working to improve policies important to the economic security of low-income women and their families, including tax and budget, child care, child support, unemployment insurance, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, and Social Security. Ms. Entmacher is a leading expert on issues affecting low-income women. She has been invited to testify before Congress on several occasions, written numerous analyses and reports on income support policies and their impact on poor women, and spoken frequently at conferences, briefings, and to the media. Prior to joining the National Women's Law Center, Ms. Entmacher served as Director of Legal and Public Policy at the National Partnership for Women & Families, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College, Chief of the Civil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, and attorney in the U.S. Department of Labor Solicitor's Office. Ms. Entmacher is a graduate of Yale Law School and Wellesley College.

My Take

Tell Congress: Make Millionaires and Corporations Pay Their Fair Share

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: January 25, 2012 at 04:52 pm

In his State of the Union address last night, President Obama emphasized a vital point: that unfair, and even counter-productive, tax breaks for corporations and the very wealthy shortchange needed investments for women and their families.

Tell your Members of Congress to make millionaires and corporations pay their fair share, to protect vital programs and to create jobs for the millions of struggling Americans who need them.

Instead of showering tax breaks on the wealthy, the oil and gas industry and on corporations that ship American jobs overseas, Congress needs to:

Protect vital programs: Women and their families depend on federal programs to protect their health, get quality child care, attend college, and meet their basic needs during difficult times and as they age. We need to protect vital programs like Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, the Affordable Care Act, child care, Head Start, and Food Stamps (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

Create jobs: Unemployment remains painfully high, and while job growth has started to pick up, millions of women and men are still struggling to find jobs. We must extend federal emergency unemployment benefits to help people who are hurting now and invest in programs that put women and men back to work.


Tell Your Representative Not to be a Grinch

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: December 19, 2011 at 02:16 pm

No one likes a Grinch. Especially this time of year.

With overwhelming bipartisan support, the Senate just passed a bill temporarily extending federal unemployment insurance programs that expire on December 31. But now, House Republican leaders are threatening to kill the bill, cutting off this vital support for millions of struggling families.


House Bill Cuts Unemployment and Health Benefits, Domestic Programs, Child Tax Credit and More

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: December 13, 2011 at 04:23 pm

Neither the approaching holidays nor data showing a bleak jobs picture seems to have mellowed House Republican leaders. The payroll tax-unemployment insurance-“doc fix” bill (H.R. 3630), introduced by Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), which the House is expected to vote on today, has already drawn a veto threat from President Obama because of a provision on the Keystone oil pipeline. But there are many other reasons to be deeply concerned about this bill.


White House Threatens Veto of HR 3630 Because It Sticks Working Families With the Bill

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: December 13, 2011 at 04:20 pm

The White House just issued a statement declaring President Obama’s intention to veto H.R. 3630. It’s short and to the point and posted in full below; if you want more details about the flaws in the bill, you can read our posts about it.


H.R. 3630 – Middle Class Tax Cut Act of 2011 (Rep. Camp, R-Michigan, and 5 others)

The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 3630. With only days left before taxes go up for 160 million hardworking Americans, H.R. 3630 plays politics at the expense of middle-class families. H.R. 3630 breaks the bipartisan agreement on spending cuts that was reached just a few months ago and would inevitably lead to pressure to cut investments in areas like education and clean energy. Furthermore, H.R. 3630 seeks to put the burden of paying for the bill on working families, while giving a free pass to the wealthiest and to big corporations by protecting their loopholes and subsidies.


Would you leave your neighbors out in the cold?

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: December 08, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Would you leave your neighbors out in the cold?

Of course not. Now we need your help to make sure Congress does the right thing. Millions of jobless Americans — over 6 million in 2012 — will be cut off from the emergency lifeline of federal unemployment insurance, unless Congress acts to renew the program before it expires December 31.

Call 1-888-245-3381 NOW and ask your Members of Congress to support immediate Congressional action to renew the federal unemployment insurance program through 2012.