About Deborah Weinstein

Executive Director
Coalition on Human Needs

Deborah Weinstein has been executive director of CHN since 2003.  She has been working for over 35 years in organizations advocating for low-income and vulnerable people at the state and federal levels.  Prior to coming to CHN, Weinstein served as director of the Family Income division of the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, DC.  From 1983 to 1993, Weinstein was executive director of the Massachusetts Human Services Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy organization made up of human service providers, religious organizations, labor, and advocacy groups.  Weinstein has been the recipient of many awards from human services and advocacy groups. She has a Master of Social Work degree from San Diego State University.

Please continue to contact your senators


January 22, 2018

As you know, the partial federal government shutdown began in the beginning minutes of January 20.  Negotiations to resolve the impasse over the Continuing Resolution (CR) to extend government funding continue; a vote on whether to cut off debate will occur at noon today (Monday). Please continue to contact your Senators, by email or phone Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Disaster Relief, Health, Immigration

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Ryan, McConnell and Trump’s Failed Leadership


December 21, 2017

Congress’ leaders and President Trump care about getting tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations – that much has been established. But how about carrying out the most basic responsibilities of government? Such as: ensuring the stable continuation of health coverage for children and operations of community health centers; helping to alleviate the suffering of Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Criminal justice reform, Disaster Relief, Health, Hurricane Harvey, Immigration, Medicaid, Tax Policy

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51 Senators Vote to Slash Medicaid in order to Pay for Tax Cuts for the Rich


October 20, 2017

They also voted to cut Medicare, education, housing assistance, job training, home heating/cooling assistance, SNAP, Meals on Wheels, Head Start, environmental and public health protections, child care, help for people with disabilities… This isn’t as much a budget as it is a gaping self-inflicted wound.  Or, instead of following the dictum “When you’re in a Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Food and Nutrition, Health, Health Care Reform, Home Energy Assistance, Income Support, Job Training and Education, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Medicare, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Security, Social Services, Tax Policy, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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ScamCare: Trump the Destroyer Swings His Truncheon at People’s Health Care


October 13, 2017

First we heard that the Trump Administration would allow for new forms of insurance that would evade the minimum standards that protect people with pre-existing conditions and provide decent coverage.  Now they announce they will no longer pay insurance companies the funds to support coverage of more expensive care.  These are two reckless and destructive Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Health, Health Care Reform

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For President Trump and his allies in Congress, there is nothing more important than giving tax cuts to rich people and corporations


October 10, 2017

Tax cuts for the rich are more important than helping people in a disaster:  President Trump’s top budgeteer, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, made a name for himself as an extremist when, as a member of Congress, he tried to insist that no aid for Hurricane Sandy victims be made available unless Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Tax Policy

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After Harvey: A self-inflicted fiscal disaster in Washington?


September 5, 2017

Editor’s note: The following op-ed by CHN Executive Director Deborah Weinstein was originally published by The Hill on September 4. Urge Congress to fix disasters, not inflict them, by emailing your representative and senators today. For all the background you need on Congress’ list of do’s and don’ts for September, click here. Search-and-rescue operations continue in Texas, Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Hurricane Harvey, Poverty and Income, Tax Policy, Zika

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Trump’s Decision on the Dreamers Coming Tuesday


September 1, 2017

While 800,000 young people and their families waited fearfully to see if the Trump Administration would turn their world upside down, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Friday that the President’s decision about the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would be announced on Tuesday, Sept. 5. President Trump has sent mixed signals Read More »

Categories: Executive orders, Immigration

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Children, Fear, and Dreams


August 16, 2017

Yesterday was the five-year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). Nearly 800,000 people who came to the U.S. as children have gained temporary legal status through DACA, if they met certain criteria, such as having lived continuously in the U.S. since June of 2007. DACA has allowed young people to go Read More »

Categories: Immigration, Protests

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Faith Leaders Stand with Young Dreamers in Front of White House​


August 3, 2017

On August 2, faith leaders, other advocates, and young people who have legal immigrant status as part of the DACA program gathered together in front of the White House.  They were there to urge the President to maintain the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  DACA was instituted by the Obama administration to help Read More »

Categories: Immigration

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CHN on health care repeal vote: ‘They responded to the facts. They served the national interest.’


July 28, 2017

Editor’s note: The following statement was issued by CHN Executive Director Deborah Weinstein Friday in response to the Senate’s rejection of the health care repeal bill. Senators Collins, McCain and Murkowski deserve our profound thanks, along with the entire Democratic Caucus. They voted in the interests of their constituents; they responded to the facts; they Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Health, Health Care Reform, Medicaid

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