About David Elliot

Communications Director
Coalition on Human Needs

David Elliot joined CHN as Communications Director in 2016 and has 20 years of experience engaging in communications advocacy in the nonprofit world. He served as communications director for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (2001-2008); for USAction (2008-2013); and most recently for Fair Share, a part of The Public Interest Network. Prior to his career in nonprofit advocacy, David worked as a newspaper reporter in the state capitol bureau of the Austin American-Statesman. He covered state politics and the Texas Legislature. He was recognized for outstanding coverage by the Associated Press Managing Editors Convention for his article A Day in the Death of Inmate No. 918, an eyewitness account of an execution in Texas. He also was honored by the Center for Public Policy Priorities and the Texas State Conference of NAACP Branches. When he isn’t working, David enjoys reading historical fiction, travelling to warm and sunny locales, and following his beloved Texas Longhorns and Washington Nationals.

Who benefits the most from the House GOP tax proposal?

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November 6, 2017

  A new analysis confirms what many have been saying: The House GOP tax proposal unveiled last Thursday would disproportionately benefit the wealthiest 1 percent of U.S. taxpayers. Release of the analysis comes on the day the House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to take up the tax measure.  And it comes two days Read More »

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Legalized stealing

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November 1, 2017

Hundreds of loud and sometimes boisterous opponents of the soon-to-be-unveiled House GOP tax plan rallied at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, warning that the legislation would fundamentally alter the nation and place an unfair burden on lower- and middle-income families. The rally, which attracted a swarm of TV cameras, came on the day Republicans were initially Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Economy, Education and Youth Policy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Health Care Reform, Income Support, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Medicare, Poverty and Income, Tax Policy

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Faces of Austerity 2.0: How Budget Cuts Continue to Make Us Sicker, Poorer and Less Secure

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October 26, 2017

Little did Melissa Armas know that getting a bonus at work would mean losing access to affordable child care for her daughter Leila.  But that is exactly what happened to the single mother from Chula Vista, California after it was determined that she made $100 a month too much in order to qualify for the Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Early Childhood Education, Education and Youth Policy, Health, Housing and Homelessness, Job Training and Education, Labor and Employment, Opioids

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Report Shows Progress Against Poverty in PA, But Threats Ahead

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October 25, 2017

Editor’s note: This week the Coalition on Human Needs continues to roll out a series of state reports on poverty. Today’s report examines the status of poverty in Pennsylvania, and the threats facing the state due to budget proposals in Congress. Here is a summary of the report filed by Andrea Sears of the Keystone Read More »

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CHN Report: Poverty rate flat in West Virginia, threats on the horizon

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October 16, 2017

Editor’s note: Today the Coalition on Human Needs began releasing a series of state reports on poverty. Today’s report examines the status of poverty in West Virginia, and the threats facing the state due to budget proposals in Congress. Here is a summary of the report filed by Dan Heyman of the West Virginia News Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Economy, Health, Health Care Reform, Housing and Homelessness, Medicaid, Poverty and Income, SNAP

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‘They’re going to be sailing off into the horizon, laughing all the way’

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October 11, 2017

Kelly Conklin and his spouse, Kit, are the co-owners of a custom woodworking business in Bloomfield, New Jersey.  They’ve owned the business since 1978, and employ 16 well-paid workers.  Now they view their livelihood as threatened – by President Trump’s proposal to slash taxes for the wealthiest Americans and corporations. Last year, Kelly says, his Read More »

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‘This budget is heartless and tragic’

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October 4, 2017

With a vote imminent, opponents of the House GOP budget proposal rallied Wednesday outside the U.S. Capitol with members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which has put forward its own budget. It’s not too late to contact Congress to oppose the House budget proposal, and to support the Congressional Progressive Caucus alternative: call 1-888-516-5820 and enter your zip code; Read More »

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House budget proposal would undermine national security

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October 3, 2017

Advocates for human needs programs joined two members of Congress Tuesday for a U.S. Capitol news conference aimed at rallying opposition to GOP proposals to slash domestic spending by trillions of dollars and pass tax cuts that would primarily aid the very wealthiest Americans. Participating in the news conference were Reps. John Yarmuth, D-KY, and Read More »

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Security and Stability: The Importance of Paid Leave

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September 8, 2017

In 1992, Lauren and her husband Steve, of Mercerville, New Jersey, welcomed their daughter Stephanie to the family.  They didn’t know it at the time, but they would become the textbook argument for paid family and medical leave, both in their home state and across the country. “Like most expectant mothers, I thought I would Read More »

Categories: Disabilities, Health, Income Support

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‘It’s sad that we have to have this happen for us to come together’ 

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September 1, 2017

The numbers are staggering: a death toll of 39, rising almost by the hour.  Nearly 50,000 homes in Houston alone flooded and uninhabitable.  30 percent of Harris County submerged – an area that is equivalent in size to Chicago and New York City combined.  294,000 people without power, from Corpus Christi to Port Arthur.  Nearly Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Disaster Relief, Food and Nutrition, Health, Housing and Homelessness, Hurricane Harvey

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