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Back pay for federal contractors set to advance
June 14, 2019

Last January, in the midst of the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history, Voices for Human Needs and a number of other media outlets detailed the plight of federal contractors. Unlike government employees, who usually receive their pay retroactively in the event of a shutdown, federal contractors are left out in the cold, without compensation. These contractors include low-income workers such as janitors, security guards and cooks. But earlier this week, the House Appropriations Committee announced that an upcoming spending package will include back pay for an estimated 580,000 federal contractors.

Putting the Spotlight on Child Poverty
June 14, 2019

As we approach the upcoming months of summer vacation, it’s easy to imagine the flurry of excitement for students awaiting long days of snow cones and playing at the pool. However, this is often not the case. For many children, this time of year means losing access to school meal programs and facing the threat of hunger. This was a major point of conversation at the Spotlight on Child Poverty event at the Capitol on June 12, part of First Focus’ Children’s Week 2019.

New details reveal dangerous, dismal conditions in migrant detention facilities
June 11, 2019

A trove of new information reveals how dangerous and dismal conditions are for both adult and children migrants held in facilities stretching from El Paso, Texas to South Miami-Dade, Florida.The leak of new information began on Thursday, May 30, when CNN obtained a confidential report prepared by the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General. The report revealed “dangerous overcrowding” and unsanitary conditions at the El Paso Del Norte Processing Center. The facility has a maximum capacity of 125 migrants; however, on May 7 and 8, logs indicated that there were “approximately 750 and 900 detainees, respectively.”

Finally: Disaster Assistance Bill Signed into Law, Offering Help to Many States and Territories
June 6, 2019

Finally: people in disaster-struck communities across America should see more help soon. Members of the Coalition on Human Needs stand with them in welcoming this aid.  We congratulate the House of Representatives and Senate for overwhelming votes to enact $19.1 billion to help states and territories recover from hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons, tropical storms, flooding, earthquake, volcanic eruption, and wildfires.

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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