Tag: Social Security

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 »

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 »

Don’t agonize — Organize!

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December 20, 2016

Last week, some 1,400 people from across the country signed up for a CHN-sponsored webinar entitled, The New Congress: How It Plans to Cut and How to Fight Back. The webinar featured U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, a Massachusetts Democrat who has led anti-hunger efforts in Congress; Ellen Teller, Director of Government Affairs for the Food Read More »

10 things we’re thankful for this Thanksgiving, despite all

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November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving is upon us once again. This year, gathering with family and friends of different political perspectives will prove harder for some of us than in years past. Even more strongly in this difficult time of transition, we are mindful of the millions who can’t afford a big feast or a warm home in which Read More »

Outcomes: programs that work for human needs

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October 28, 2016

As supporters of human needs programs, we know federal programs are essential and effective tools in the fight against poverty and inequality. Now we have new advocacy tools that help you show just how essential and effective these programs are: announcing CHN’s new Outcomes fact sheets. CHN’s new Outcomes sheets compile research and resources on Read More »

Human Needs Report: What Congress Did and Didn’t Do Before the Summer Recess

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July 18, 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 appropriations, Zika funding, the first major piece of authorizing legislation affecting housing vouchers and public housing since 1998, and other actions Congress took – and punted on – before leaving town for the summer Read More »

Vague Pronouncements Do Not Reduce Poverty

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June 7, 2016

Editor’s Note: In addition to the following piece from CHN’s Executive Director Deborah Weinstein, please see CHN’s resource page on what works – and what doesn’t – to reduce poverty and expand opportunity. The page contains information about CHN’s upcoming event on this topic, as well as CHN’s statement and statements and analysis from others related to Read More »

The Affluent Don’t Just Live Better – They Live Longer – which is a Problem for Inequality

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March 17, 2016

The engine of inequality is firing on all pistons: Low-wage workers earn less while they’re working, and then get less in Social Security benefits once they retire. Inequality rears its head in many ways in contemporary America, most obviously in income and wealth. But the growing economic divide in our society affects all aspects of Read More »

10 Things We’re Thankful for This Thanksgiving

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November 24, 2015

Gathering with friends and family. Packed roads and airports. Turkey with all the trimmings. Thanksgiving is upon us once again. In this time of bounty, we are mindful of course of the millions who can’t afford a big feast or a warm home in which to host it. And we’ll keep fighting for them. Despite Read More »

Fact of the Week: 100 CEOs Have As Much in Retirement Assets As 41 Percent of American Families

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November 6, 2015

A new report from the Center for Effective Government and the Institute for Policy Studies found that the 100 largest CEO retirement funds are worth a combined $4.9 billion – an amount equal to the entire retirement account savings of 41 percent of American families. A Tale of Two Retirements provides detailed statistics on the Read More »