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About Lecia Imbery

Senior Policy Writer
Coalition on Human Needs

Lecia Imbery joined CHN in May 2014 and is a regular contributor to the Human Needs ReportCHN’s newsletter on national policy issues affecting low-income and vulnerable populations. She  has over 14 years of experience in advocacy, civic engagement, volunteer management, fundraising and program management in the nonprofit field. Prior to joining CHN, Imbery managed federal and state grassroots advocacy campaigns at the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of University Women. Before coming to DC in 2006, she worked for nonprofits and engineering firms in San Francisco and Chicago.

Human Needs Report: Spending work, the ACA, Trump’s cabinet and more

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February 21, 2017

Congress is currently in its first recess of the year. CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report, with a look at what members tackled before the break, and what’s waiting for them when they return on Feb. 27. Read on for articles on FY17 & FY18 budget and appropriations work, House Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Executive orders, Health Care Reform, Immigration, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Military Spending, Poverty and Income, Unemployment Insurance

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Resources from around the Coalition: Presidents’ Day recess edition

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February 15, 2017

The first recess period for the new Congress begins this Saturday, Feb. 18, and runs through Sunday, Feb. 26. Several of CHN’s members and friends have put together resources for advocates to use during this recess when members of Congress will be home in their states and districts. Use these tools to reach out to Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Executive orders, Health, Health Care Reform, Immigration, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Medicare, Poverty and Income

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Head Smacker: Pentagon buried study showing $125 billion in waste, but Congress and the Trump Administration want to give it more money

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February 10, 2017

According to the Washington Post, the Pentagon buried an internal study that found $125 billion in administrative waste because it was afraid Congress would use the findings to cut the defense budget. Despite this, the Trump Administration and some members of Congress are preparing to give even more money to the Pentagon for the current Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Military Spending

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Human Needs Report: Immigration, cabinet picks, the ACA and more

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February 6, 2017

Congress has been in session for just over a month now, and the Trump Administration is just a couple of weeks old. CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report, with a look at what they’ve been up to – and how advocates have responded – in what’s been a busy beginning Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Economy, Education and Youth Policy, Health, Health Care Reform, Housing and Homelessness, Immigration, Labor and Employment, Poverty and Income

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President Trump, honor our promise

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February 1, 2017

Last weekend, President Trump signed an Executive Order effectively banning Muslims from seven countries from entering the U.S. and suspending the refugee resettlement program. Advocates across the country rightly responded with outrage and concern, holding protests at airports and other public places, and flooding the Twitter feeds, phone lines, and email boxes of the Trump Read More »

Categories: Immigration

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CHN Applauds Boycott of Price Confirmation Vote

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January 31, 2017

Earlier today, Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee boycotted the votes to approve the confirmations of Rep. Tom Price for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and of Steve Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary. CHN opposes Rep. Price’s nomination and applauds the Senators for taking this action, which effectively delayed the votes on Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Health, Health Care Reform, Immigration, Medicaid

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Opposing Rep. Mulvaney for OMB Director

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January 26, 2017

During Rep. Mick Mulvaney’s Jan. 24 confirmation hearings to be the head of the Office of Management and Budget, Democratic senators reminded those present and watching online about some of his past actions, including when he called Social Security a Ponzi scheme, voted for a measure in the South Carolina state legislature that said Social Security Read More »

Opposing Rep. Price for HHS Secretary

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January 26, 2017

On Jan. 24, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) sat before the Senate Finance Committee and made his case for why he should be confirmed as the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. A recording of the hearing can be viewed here. Many Democratic senators were unhappy with Rep. Price’s answers, or lack of answers, Read More »

Categories: Health, Health Care Reform, Lead Poisoning, Medicaid, Medicare, Opioids

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More than 1,300 groups tell Congress and Trump: Don’t take America backwards

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January 25, 2017

Earlier today, CHN and more than 1,300 national, state and local groups sent a powerful message to Congress and the Trump Administration: don’t harm low-income people or the programs they depend on. The news release about this action is below. To see a copy of the letter and a list of the signers, click here. To Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Child Nutrition, Health, Health Care Reform, Housing and Homelessness, Immigration, Minimum Wage, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Security, Tax Policy

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The Urgency of Now!

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January 19, 2017

The deadline is TODAY, January 19th! Please add your organization’s name to the national sign-on letter going to the new Congress and Administration insisting that vulnerable populations be protected. Here is where you can read and see who has already signed the letter.  Here is where you can sign the letter.  Note: Individuals can also Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Poverty and Income