The Trump budget: A harsh attack on our own people

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May 23, 2017

Editor’s note: Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of CHN, issued the following statement Tuesday in response to President Trump’s budget proposal. A PDF version of this statement can be found here.  “Members of Congress should rise up to reject the bleak and dangerous vision in President Trump’s budget. Its massive denial of help to people struggling to Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Medicaid, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Security, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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Hands Off!

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May 22, 2017

By now you probably have heard: the Trump administration tomorrow (Tuesday, May 23) will release its budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, which begins Oct. 1. We don’t know every detail of the proposal, but what we have seen leaked out in the media has us and every other proponent of basic living standards and Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Child Nutrition, Disabilities, Education and Youth Policy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Health Care Reform, Home Energy Assistance, Housing and Homelessness, Income Support, Job Training and Education, Labor and Employment, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Poverty and Income, Protests, SNAP, Social Security, Tax Policy, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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The big squeeze on human needs programs continues

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May 22, 2017

Editor’s note: This piece was originally published by The Hill on May 19. Stay tuned to CHN’s blog and emails for more information on President Trump’s FY18 budget, anticipated Tuesday, May 23, which is expected to slash trillions of dollars from programs that help low-income Americans. To learn more about the budget, as well as recommended messages Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Criminal justice reform, Housing and Homelessness, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

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To raise basic living standards, we must first #RaiseTheCaps

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May 18, 2017

“On Tuesday, the President is expected to unveil a budget that busts through spending caps for defense while slashing domestic investment, which are also critical to our defense. We can’t have a secure nation if our citizens aren’t educated, aren’t healthy, and don’t have access to opportunities.” – House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer On Thursday, Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Housing and Homelessness, Medicaid, Military Spending, Poverty and Income, SNAP

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Fact of the Week: More than 80 percent of critical human needs programs have lost ground since FY10

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May 16, 2017

Minority health programs cut by 10 percent. Juvenile justice programs cut nearly in half. Housing for the elderly cut by 46 percent; housing for people with disabilities cut nearly 57 percent. Job training to assist ex-offenders reintegrating into their communities cut nearly 28 percent. Out of the 167 programs tracked by CHN that assist low-income people, Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Education and Youth Policy, Job Training and Education, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Medicaid, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Tax Policy, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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Stand together against budget cuts

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May 12, 2017

Congress is about to begin serious work on the 2018 federal budget and we need your organization’s help. President Trump already has released a budget outline that would cut domestic and international programs by $54 billion – money he would transfer to the Pentagon. We don’t know all the details of the President’s budget – Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Education and Youth Policy, Housing and Homelessness, Medicaid

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What Moms Don’t Need for Mother’s Day

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May 11, 2017

Mother’s Day is this weekend, which means cards have been mailed, brunch reservations made, and flowers purchased. But we know what moms really need to make them, their families and our country healthier and more economically secure – affordable health care, paid leave and sick time, workplace protections, and other policies that support them. That’s Read More »

Categories: Health Care Reform, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Poverty and Income

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Fathers’ unemployment taking huge toll on children

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May 9, 2017

This piece was originally published by the San Francisco Chronicle on April 27.  “After I got divorced in 1999, I had custody of my kids, but I went out of my way to drop them at their mother’s house over the weekends,” said a 47-year-old African American man in Baltimore. He lost his job during Read More »

Categories: Labor and Employment, Unemployment Insurance

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Human Needs Report: Advocates denounce ACA repeal bill, FY17 spending bill avoids a shutdown, FY18 budget work and more

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May 8, 2017

CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for articles on the House ACA repeal vote, the FY17 spending bill that avoided a shutdown, FY18 budgets, President Trump’s tax cut agenda and more. Click here for the full PDF of the Human Needs Report. Advocates Denounce House Passage of ACA Repeal Bill Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Health Care Reform, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Poverty and Income, Tax Policy

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It’s been a busy week

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May 5, 2017

I’m sure you know:  yesterday, the House of Representatives disgraced itself by passing their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  We put out a statement, calling it “A Day of Shame for the U.S. House of Representatives.”  Of course, we were not alone.  Invaluable advocate and brilliant analyst Bob Greenstein of the Center on Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Health, Health Care Reform, Medicaid, Protests

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