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256 national groups urge Congress to agree to raise limits on domestic spending to meet human needs
June 25, 2019

Today, 256 organizations representing millions nationwide joined in urging Congress to lift budget caps so that we do not turn our backs on providing vital services. The groups, representing faith organizations, human service providers, and those concerned about needs including health care, housing, nutrition, environmental safety, education, child care and more, called upon Congress to set domestic and international spending for FY 2020 at levels no less than the House totals. 

CHN condemns reports of impending apprehension and deportation of immigrant families
June 21, 2019

Reports that scores of immigrant families across the United States soon will be rounded up for  deportation are the latest reminder that President Trump’s immigration policies are cruel and inhumane and not representative of the type of nation we aspire to be.

The Right’s cure for poverty: hard work and father figures
June 21, 2019

On Tuesday, at a House Budget Committee hearing entitled “Poverty in America: Economic Realities of Struggling Families,” 10 Republican congressmen participated—all men, all white. Ohio’s Bill Johnson challenged the testimony of two of the hearing’s witnesses, the Reverend Drs. William Barber II and Liz Theoharis, co-chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, who’d called on the committee to tackle poverty as a moral imperative. “I been a Christian since I was 10 years old,” Johnson responded. “I don’t find anywhere in the scripture where Jesus said that it was Caesar’s job to feed the poor, and to clothe the widows, and take care of the orphans. It’s the church’s responsibility, the community’s responsibility, your neighbor’s responsibility, it’s your responsibility to do those things.”

An international perspective: hunger and poverty are dire issues, whether in the U.S. or at home
June 21, 2019

Three years ago, in August 2016, I set foot on American soil for the first time. I was ecstatic to finally experience and see what life in the richest hegemonic nation would look like. As I embarked upon my journey of the so-called “American Dream,” I eagerly counted down the days to finally acquire a college education, studying International Relations in the nation I believed was the center of all global affairs. Growing up in the Philippines, a developing economy, I saw the grim reality of how poverty can strike countless homes, leaving families and children in hungry despair.

CHN: House Poised to Pass First FY20 Spending Package
June 17, 2019
The House of Representatives is poised to pass a package of four of the 12 required spending bills to keep the federal government operating after the new fiscal year begins on October 1. The “minibus” package (H.R. 2740) consists of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education spending bill;…
CHN: Congress Finally Passes, Trump Finally Signs Disaster Aid Bill
June 17, 2019
On Thursday, June 6, President Trump signed a long-awaited and long-delayed $19.1 billion disaster relief bill. The package will provide billions of dollars to areas struggling to recover from wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, and other natural disasters. Notably, the funds include $1 billion in aid for Puerto Rico, including $600 million…
CHN: House Approves American Dream and Promise Act; Meanwhile, Advocates Brace for Census Ruling
June 17, 2019
The House on June 4 passed the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, a measure that would offer a path to citizenship to more than 2 million undocumented immigrants, including Dreamers. The bill, which passed 237 to 187, would grant Dreamers 10 years of legal residence status if they…
CHN: Bill Introduced to Boost Tax Credits for Working Families
June 17, 2019
On June 6, Reps. Dan Kildee (D-MI) and Dwight Evans (D-PA) introduced a bill that would substantially expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). The Working Families Tax Relief Act (H.R. 3157) is the House counterpart to a Senate bill (S. 1138) introduced in…

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