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Are child poverty and America’s housing crisis up for debate?
September 13, 2019

Thursday night the leading presidential candidates took the stage in Houston for the latest debate. Earlier this summer, Voices for Human Needs took note of the fact that candidates are rarely asked debate questions about how to address poverty. This week we witnessed a number of groups and individuals who argued that presidential debates should include questions about how to solve homelessness and America’s affordable housing crisis, and about how to best address child poverty.

Resources from around the Coalition: CHN members weigh in on Census numbers
September 12, 2019

When the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual reports on income, poverty and health care coverage this week, CHN members were quick to weigh in with their own commentary. You can see a number of their press statements and blog posts (and lots of other resources) on our Census resource page. But meanwhile, here is a sample of what our members are saying.

Unhealthy statistics: fewer Americans have health insurance — and millions are not sharing in economic growth
September 10, 2019

For the first time since implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the number of uninsured Americans has risen – evidence of the Trump Administration’s assault on health care. U.S. Census Bureau statistics released Tuesday show 27.5 million Americans, or 8.5 percent of the population, did not have health insurance in 2018, an increase of 1.9 million over 2017.

Reflecting, renewing, and responding to overcome 400 years of oppression
September 6, 2019

Last month, CLASP joined Cities United in Hampton, Virginia, during the remembrance of the 400-year anniversary of the first Africans being forcibly brought to this country and enslaved. Cities United works to eliminate the violence in American cities related to African American men and boys by centering young Black men and promoting prevention instead of prosecution and intervention instead of incarceration. The group’s 90+ participating cities are committed to cutting violence in half by 2025.

CHN: Deal on Spending Levels Passes House
July 22, 2019
UPDATE: The House on July 25 passed (284-149) a measure to raise tight spending caps for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021 and raise the debt ceiling through July 31, 2021. The Senate is expected to pass the measure next week, and the President is expected to sign the bill (H.R.…
CHN: Trump Administration Moves to End Asylum; ACLU Cries Foul
July 22, 2019
The Trump Administration last week announced a sweeping rule that cuts off asylum for almost all migrants who pass through another country en route to the U.S.-Mexico border, and it took the ACLU all of 48 hours to file a lawsuit. The rule, which took effect almost immediately, applies to…
CHN: Citizenship Question Out of 2020 Census, Trump Concedes; But Controversy over Citizenship Question Continues
July 22, 2019
Even though the U.S. Supreme Court in late June put a halt to the Trump Administration’s efforts to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census, and President Trump announced on July 11 his Administration would stop pushing for the addition of such a question – controversy over the effort…
CHN: ACA Headed Back to Supreme Court?
July 22, 2019
A full nine years after its enactment, the future of the Affordable Care Act remains uncertain as courts continue to grapple over its constitutionality. Earlier this month, a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments over whether the fact that Congress eliminated the ACA’s penalty for…

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