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The latest Human Needs Report: FY20 spending, disaster aid on the horizon, victory for LGBTQ people, and more
May 20, 2019

CHN just released another edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for the latest on Congress’s spending work, disaster aid on the horizon, a victory for LGBTQ Americans, attacks on immigrants, the poor, and workers, and more.

CHN calls on Senate to pass disaster relief — before Memorial Day recess
May 17, 2019

CHN is urging members of the U.S. Senate to take immediate steps to pass a disaster relief bill. CHN is calling on senators to pass a bill before Memorial Day recess that includes nutrition assistance funds for Puerto Rico and other territories in need; Medicaid funds for the U.S. territories of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa; disaster funds for states, territories, and tribes; and humanitarian aid to assist unaccompanied minor children.

Victory! House passes bill to strengthen LGBTQ nondiscrimination laws
May 17, 2019

In a great step forward for social justice, the U.S. House on Friday approved the Equality Act, which would strengthen federal civil rights laws for LGBTQ Americans. The vote was 236-173, with eight Republicans joining all Democrats in supporting the measure.

Register now: Webinar to focus on Trump’s latest plan to deny assistance to those in need and how to fight back
May 16, 2019

The Trump Administration has put forth a proposal to change the way poverty is adjusted for inflation. Over time, this adjustment would reduce funding for essential human needs programs by billions of dollars. Millions of Americans would be affected, including children, seniors, people with disabilities, and others who are poor or near poor. On Wednesday, May 22, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) and the Coalition on Human Needs will host a webinar entitled, “The Latest Plan to Deny Assistance: Shrinking the Poverty Line.”

CHN: Spending Work Continues in the House without Agreement on FY20 Spending Caps
May 20, 2019
The House Appropriations Committee on May 8 approved (30-22, along party lines) top-line spending limits for the subcommittees responsible for its 12 FY20 spending bills, known as 302(b) allocations. Totaling $1.295 trillion in discretionary (annually-appropriated) funding, the allocations represent enough to maintain existing program levels and in some cases to…
CHN: Senate Edges Closer Still to Disaster Aid
May 20, 2019
This could finally be the week that the Senate approves long-awaited disaster aid for the 16 states and U.S. territories that have faced a devastating array of natural disasters, ranging from hurricanes and floods to wildfires, tornadoes, hail damage and drought. Senate leaders, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), have…
CHN: Proposed HUD Rule Could Harm More than 100,000
May 20, 2019
More than 100,000 people could be affected if a proposed rule dictating who may and may not live in public housing is enacted. The proposed Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulation would prohibit “mixed status families” from living in public and other subsidized housing. Mixed status families are households that…
CHN: Advocates Decry Trump Immigration Plan
May 20, 2019
Advocates were quick to decry an immigration plan released by President Trump on May 16 as one that would rig the nation’s immigration policies in favor of the wealthy at the expense of reuniting families. The proposal would make major damaging changes to family-based immigration, instead implementing a point system…

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