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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 »

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 »

The Trump Agenda Poses A Major Threat to America’s Children

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January 19, 2017

Editor’s note: As we approach the inauguration of President Trump, this Washington Monthly piece by Olivia Golden is a must-read item. Olivia is Executive Director of the Center for Law and Social Policy, and, we are proud to say, serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Coalition on Human Needs. She reminds us Read More »

Opposing Andrew Puzder for Labor Secretary

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January 18, 2017

Last week we reported on workers who were treated unfairly at restaurants controlled by the company run by CEO Andrew Puzder, nominated to be the next Secretary of the Department of Labor. Below is the text of a letter by CHN opposing his nomination, sent to Senators on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The Senate Read More »

Human Needs Report: the 115th Congress Begins

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January 17, 2017

The 115th Congress convened on Jan. 3 and hit the ground running. CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report, with a look at what Members have been working on in their first two weeks as they prepare for the swearing in of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United Read More »

Secretary of Labor Violations?

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January 12, 2017

“My experience at Carl’s Jr. left me feeling hopeless. I tried to communicate the problems experienced with my supervisors, and yet the problem continued and nothing was done about it. If Andrew Puzder allowed these things to happen at a company like Carl’s Jr, how would he protect workers across the country?” – Abel Gonzalez, Read More »

Two perspectives: A CEO and a front-line McDonald’s worker

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December 29, 2016

Editor’s note: The following blog post is authored by Kenan Heise, a Chicago journalist who has for decades illuminated the lives of poor people in his morally powerful writings. He has written for the Chicago Tribune and other major daily papers; he founded the “The Neediest Children’s Christmas Fund” in 1969 with the help of other reporters. Now run Read More »

Human Needs Report: What actions the 114th Congress took – and didn’t – before heading home

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December 20, 2016

CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report, our regular newsletter on national policy issues affecting low-income and vulnerable populations. This edition includes articles on the stopgap spending measure, aid that will finally flow to Flint, other actions the 114th Congress took – and didn’t – before wrapping up, and updates on Read More »

What to know and do if you ever face homelessness

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September 29, 2016

According to the public policy organization Demos: one in seven Americans will face homelessness at some time during their lives. In addition, 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day and will continue to do so for the next 15 years. Americans approaching retirement age are looking at the prospect of not being able to retire because many Read More »

‘I don’t call it safety net any more. There’s no safety.’

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August 19, 2016

Editor’s note: The following post, first published by the Huffington Post, is co-authored by Lisa Dodson. Dodson is Senior Scientist and Faculty at the Institute for Children, Youth and Family Policy at Brandeis University. “You’d think they want us to fail,” said Marta, a young mother in a Boston parents’ meeting. She was rocking a Read More »