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Trump administration plan to change how inflation is measured concerns advocates for poor
July 18, 2019

The Trump administration is weighing a plan that uses a different definition of inflation to determine who lives in poverty and who does not. If implemented, the measure would affect people’s eligibility for food stamps, Head Start, school lunch programs, parts of Medicaid and Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and other federal programs.

Save the date! National Call-in Day Monday, July 22. Tell your senators: No cuts. No government shutdown.
July 16, 2019

Once again, the Trump Administration and Congress are headed towards the brink. In September, services we need may come to a screeching halt unless new funding levels and the federal government’s authority to borrow are renewed. Since Congress will be leaving for August recess in a few weeks, these vital funding conversations are happening this week! Congress must act soon to agree on spending levels and to raise the limits on federal borrowing (the “debt ceiling”). And the time to speak out is NOW! On Monday, July 22nd, please join in a National Call-in Day.

CHN protests planned mass arrests of immigrants: ‘So much is at stake here’
July 12, 2019

The Trump Administration reportedly plans to carry out mass arrests to speed deportations of thousands of immigrants over the coming days. After shocking the conscience of the nation as we witnessed the grievous and continuing harm to children separated from their parents, the Trump Administration is apparently intent on recklessly tearing more parents from children.

Inside Mexico’s deteriorating migrant facilities: ‘Three days in total darkness’
July 11, 2019

Much has been written – although perhaps not nearly enough – about the cruel, decrepit, and even dangerous conditions inside migrant detention camps along the southern U.S. border. Now, however, details are emerging about conditions in migrant camps on the other side of the border – conditions exacerbated by the Trump Administration’s immigration policies. And it is a disturbing picture.

CHN: House Passes 10 of 12 FY20 Spending Bills, but Still No Deal on Spending Levels
July 1, 2019
The House of Representatives fell slightly short of its goal of passing all 12 required FY20 spending bills before the end of June. On June 19, the House passed  a “minibus” package (H.R. 2740) consisting of the FY20 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education spending bill; the Defense bill;…
CHN: Congress Passes Emergency Border Aid after Disagreement among House Democrats
July 1, 2019
Last week the House passed and sent to President Trump a $4.59 billion emergency spending bill for the humanitarian crisis on the southern U.S. border. President Trump on July 1 signed the measure, which primarily consists of funds for food, shelter, medicine, and enforcement personnel. The vote was a victory…
CHN: Supreme Court Blocks Citizenship Question; Next Steps Uncertain
July 1, 2019
A deeply divided Supreme Court last week halted, for now, efforts by the Trump Administration to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. A majority of justices did not find that a citizenship question is unconstitutional per se, but rather that the Department of Commerce had offered up a…
CHN: House Committees Highlight the Importance of Public Benefits
July 1, 2019
Multiple House committees have recently held several hearings highlighting the importance of public benefits in meeting the needs of low-income people and investigating the impact of cuts to these programs. On June 19, the House Budget Committee held a hearing titled, “Poverty in America: Economic Realities of Struggling Families.” Witnesses…

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