April 3, 2017

  • Read articles from the April 3rd edition of the Human Needs Report, including pieces on ACA repeal efforts, FY17 spending work, President Trump’s FY18 skinny budget, a Supreme Court confirmation vote and more.

  • Advocates’ Efforts Defeat ACA Repeal Bill

    Advocates celebrated on March 24 when House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) canceled a vote scheduled for that day on the House GOP plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and dismantle Medicaid. The vote was canceled after it became clear that Republicans did not have enough votes to pass the legislation, due in large part to the persistent work of advocates who made their opposition to the bill known to their representatives. The future of the GOP’s efforts to repeal the ACA remains uncertain, but advocates fear other attacks to health care and specifically to Medicaid may come in other forms. Read More »

    Posted in Affordable Care Act, Health, Health Care Reform, Medicaid | Comments Off on Advocates’ Efforts Defeat ACA Repeal Bill
  • FY17 Appropriations Seek to Avoid a Shutdown

    Congress is only scheduled to be in session for eight days in April, which doesn’t give them much time to finish up work on FY17 spending bills before the current Continuing Resolution (CR) through which the government is funded runs out on April 28. Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have said that President Trump’s supplemental request, which included big cuts to human needs programs, won’t be included in the FY17 package due to the late nature of its filing. Read More »

    Posted in Budget and Appropriations, Military Spending | Comments Off on FY17 Appropriations Seek to Avoid a Shutdown
  • President Trump and Congress Look Ahead to FY18 Budget

    The Trump Administration released a preliminary FY18 budget request (also called a “skinny budget”) to Congress on March 16. It included $54 billion in additional funding for the Pentagon, paid for by equal cuts to nondefense programs, including critical human needs programs. Learn more about the disastrous cuts included in the proposal, as well as what’s ahead for FY18. Read More »

    Posted in Budget and Appropriations, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Military Spending | Comments Off on President Trump and Congress Look Ahead to FY18 Budget
  • Labor Secretary Nominee Passes Committee on Party-line Vote

    The Senate HELP Committee voted along party lines to send the nomination of Alexander Acosta, President Trump’s second nominee for Labor Secretary, to the full Senate. Several advocacy groups opposed his nomination. A date has not yet been set for a full Senate vote. Read More »

    Posted in Labor and Employment | Comments Off on Labor Secretary Nominee Passes Committee on Party-line Vote
  • SCOTUS Confirmation Vote this Week

    The Senate is scheduled to vote on April 7 on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. To confirm him, the Senate GOP may have to go nuclear. Advocates have been strong in their position that if Gorsuch doesn’t have the 60 votes required for confirmation, Republicans should change the nominee, not the rules. Read More »

    Posted in Criminal justice reform | Comments Off on SCOTUS Confirmation Vote this Week
  • President Repeals Rule Affecting Workers

    President Trump recently signed legislation repealing the regulations implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order previously issued by President Obama. And the Senate voted to repeal a rule issued under the Obama Administration that would allow cities to create retirement savings accounts for private sector and low-income workers whose employers do not offer retirement plans on their own. Advocates took some comfort, however, in the fact that the deadline for introducing legislation under the Congressional Review Act that targets Obama-era regulatory protections elapsed on Thursday, March 30. Read More »

    Posted in Labor and Employment | Comments Off on President Repeals Rule Affecting Workers
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