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CHN’s COVID-19 Watch: Tracking Hardship December 3, 2021
December 3, 2021

The “variant of interest” edition. Omicron has arrived. But we don’t yet know how infectious it is, how deadly, or how well current vaccines protect us against it. We don’t even know how it will fare on a COVID-19 playing field that has been thoroughly dominated by the delta variant for roughly the past five months. What we do know is this: until all parts of the world are largely vaccinated, variants will continue to emerge, some harmless, others deadly.

How can Build Back Better soothe Americans’ inflation woes? 
December 1, 2021

For proponents of President Biden’s Build Back Better plan, a challenging obstacle recently has emerged. That obstacle is not Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), although McConnell certainly is challenging. It’s not even Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), although Manchin definitely represents an obstacle. No; the most recent and perhaps the greatest impediment to Build Back Better’s passage in the Senate is the fear of inflation – and fears stoked by opponents  that more government investment will simply make things worse. 

CHN’s latest Human Needs Report: Build Back Better passes House, infrastructure bill signed into law, and more
November 22, 2021

CHN just released another edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for the latest on the Build Back Better Act, the infrastructure bill, FY22 spending bills, a blocked effort to protect voting rights, and more.

CHN’s COVID-19 Watch: Tracking Hardship November 19, 2021
November 19, 2021

Giving Thanks Edition. Thanksgiving is coming. So instead of our usual statfest, we’ve listed out ten things/people we’re thankful for. Really, our thankfulness for the House vote to pass Build Back Better is overflowing. We are grateful for President Biden’s and Speaker Pelosi’s vision and leadership. And we are unendingly grateful to all the advocates whose tireless work has gotten us this far – and grateful for what we’ll all being doing together next. Some items didn’t make the big 10 – but we remain grateful for caffeine and chocolate. We hope you can enjoy what and who you’re most grateful for this holiday – Happy Thanksgiving!

CHN: Historic Build Back Better Act Passes House
November 22, 2021
Advocates celebrated the House passage of the historic Build Back Better Act on Nov. 19. The bill (H.R. 5376) will make major investments to reduce child poverty by 40 percent, expand access to health care, expand affordable housing, and promote broadly shared economic security, with special attention to the needs…
CHN: Major Infrastructure Investment Signed Into Law
November 22, 2021
On Nov. 15 President Biden signed into law the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), a $1.2 trillion bipartisan bill containing $550 billion in new infrastructure spending. The House passed (228-206) the bill in a late-night session on Friday, Nov. 5, with 13 Republicans joining all but 6 Democrats in…
CHN: Advocates Push for FY22 Spending Bills Over Long Stopgap Measures
November 22, 2021
Nearly two months into the fiscal year, and with less than two weeks to go until government funding runs out, Congress is still nowhere close to passing Fiscal Year 2022 spending bills. The current stopgap spending measure, known as a Continuing Resolution or CR, expires Dec. 3. It was enacted…
CHN: Mid-December Debt Ceiling Deadline Approaches
November 22, 2021
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said last week that the debt limit must be raised by Dec. 15 to ensure the government can pay all its bills on time. While the debt ceiling increase passed in October was designed to last until Dec. 3, many believed incoming payments from taxes and…

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