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About Lecia Imbery

Senior Policy Writer
Coalition on Human Needs

Lecia Imbery joined CHN in May 2014 and is a regular contributor to the Human Needs ReportCHN’s newsletter on national policy issues affecting low-income and vulnerable populations. She  has over 14 years of experience in advocacy, civic engagement, volunteer management, fundraising and program management in the nonprofit field. Prior to joining CHN, Imbery managed federal and state grassroots advocacy campaigns at the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of University Women. Before coming to DC in 2006, she worked for nonprofits and engineering firms in San Francisco and Chicago.

We’ve won this battle, but the fight isn’t over

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June 28, 2017

The last few days have been a whirlwind. We started the week geared up to fight against the horrible Senate health care bill that was supposed to be voted on this week. Coalition members alerted their field networks across the country, and millions of advocates like you (and hopefully including you!) called, emailed, tweeted, rallied, Read More »

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

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Human Needs Report: Senate health care bill moves, FY18 budget and spending work, $15 minimum wage bill and more

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June 12, 2017

CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for articles on the Senate health care bill, budget and spending work in progress, House efforts to gut financial regulations, and a $15 minimum wage bill. Click here for the full PDF of the Human Needs Report. Senate GOP Push Their Health Care Bill this Month A group Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Economy, Health Care Reform, Home Energy Assistance, Job Training and Education, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Medicaid, Military Spending, Minimum Wage, Poverty and Income, Social Security, Tax Policy

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Budget brings an avalanche of pain

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June 9, 2017

You may remember Tianna Gaines-Turner from previous blog posts. Last year, we reported on a new documentary making the rounds at Sundance and other venues throughout the country. A Hug from Paul Ryan followed the story of Tianna who, despite working two jobs just like her husband, struggles with poverty in their hometown of Philadelphia. Then in April, Gaines-Turner recounted Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations

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Fact of the Week: Three-Fifths of cuts in Trump budget come from programs for low- and moderate-income people

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June 7, 2017

A new analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that roughly three-fifths of the $4.3 trillion of non-defense cuts in President Trump’s proposed FY18 budget come from programs assisting low- and moderate-income people. These programs, which help individuals and families, seniors, and children, account for just 29 percent of non-defense spending and Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Home Energy Assistance, Housing and Homelessness, Job Training and Education, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Medicare, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Tax Policy, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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It’s called ‘having a country’

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June 2, 2017

Last week, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney testified before the Senate Budget Committee about President Trump’s FY18 budget proposal. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) asked Director Mulvaney why the budget eliminates funding to protect the Great Lakes and other water conservation efforts. “On behalf of Michigan families,” she said, “I’d like to know Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Poverty and Income, Social Services

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Resources from around the Coalition: the Trump budget edition

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May 26, 2017

More than $1 trillion in cuts to Medicaid. Nearly $200 billion in cuts to food assistance. $72 billion in cuts to disability programs, including Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. More than 250,000 fewer rental housing vouchers for families struggling to avoid homelessness. Elimination of funding to help poor neighbors heat and cool Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Disabilities, Medicaid, Military Spending, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Tax Policy

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To raise basic living standards, we must first #RaiseTheCaps

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May 18, 2017

“On Tuesday, the President is expected to unveil a budget that busts through spending caps for defense while slashing domestic investment, which are also critical to our defense. We can’t have a secure nation if our citizens aren’t educated, aren’t healthy, and don’t have access to opportunities.” – House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer On Thursday, Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Housing and Homelessness, Medicaid, Military Spending, Poverty and Income, SNAP

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Fact of the Week: More than 80 percent of critical human needs programs have lost ground since FY10

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May 16, 2017

Minority health programs cut by 10 percent. Juvenile justice programs cut nearly in half. Housing for the elderly cut by 46 percent; housing for people with disabilities cut nearly 57 percent. Job training to assist ex-offenders reintegrating into their communities cut nearly 28 percent. Out of the 167 programs tracked by CHN that assist low-income people, Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Education and Youth Policy, Job Training and Education, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Medicaid, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Tax Policy, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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What Moms Don’t Need for Mother’s Day

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May 11, 2017

Mother’s Day is this weekend, which means cards have been mailed, brunch reservations made, and flowers purchased. But we know what moms really need to make them, their families and our country healthier and more economically secure – affordable health care, paid leave and sick time, workplace protections, and other policies that support them. That’s Read More »

Categories: Health Care Reform, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Poverty and Income

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Human Needs Report: Advocates denounce ACA repeal bill, FY17 spending bill avoids a shutdown, FY18 budget work and more

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May 8, 2017

CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for articles on the House ACA repeal vote, the FY17 spending bill that avoided a shutdown, FY18 budgets, President Trump’s tax cut agenda and more. Click here for the full PDF of the Human Needs Report. Advocates Denounce House Passage of ACA Repeal Bill Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Health Care Reform, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Poverty and Income, Tax Policy

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