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About Lecia Imbery

Senior Policy Writer
Coalition on Human Needs

Lecia Imbery is CHN’s Senior Policy Writer. In addition to writing for CHN’s blog, Voices for Human Needs, she is the author of the Human Needs ReportCHN’s newsletter on national policy issues affecting low-income and vulnerable populations. She has over 17 years of experience in advocacy, civic engagement, volunteer management, fundraising and program management in the nonprofit field. Prior to joining CHN, Lecia 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.

Tax Day protesting

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April 17, 2018

Tax Day – a day many Americans perceive with dread. But here at CHN, we support our tax dollars going to critical programs that millions of Americans rely on every day – programs like education, housing assistance, child nutrition programs, Medicaid, and so many more. We are, of course, always mindful that these programs need Read More »

Categories: Tax Policy

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Why a balanced budget would be disastrous

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April 5, 2018

Tea Party and other conservatives are pushing for a vote in the House of Representatives next week on a balanced budget amendment, which would amend the Constitution of the United States to require Congress to balance the federal budget every year. While this might not sound like such a bad idea in theory, it would Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Tax Policy

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How to fill the rest of 2018

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March 28, 2018

A piece in The Hill today says that “Republican leaders are mulling what to do for the rest of the year…” It goes on to say that legislative activity will slow down dramatically after Congress returns from its spring recess so members can spend more time campaigning before the November midterm elections. As such, GOP Read More »

Categories: Poverty and Income

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The Human Needs Report: The Highs and Lows of the FY18 Omnibus Spending Package and more

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March 27, 2018

CHN just released another edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for the highs and lows in the FY18 omnibus spending package, the future of the Farm Bill, and a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. Click here for a PDF version. Appropriations Package Passed with Important Gains for Human Needs Programs After months of negotiations, uncertainties, a Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations

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Fact of the Week: Only 1 in 4 unemployed workers receives unemployment insurance, a near historic low

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March 15, 2018

Only 27 percent of unemployed workers received unemployment insurance in 2016 – a near historic low – according to a recent report from the National Employment Law Project (NELP). The report also found that the percentage of jobless workers receiving unemployment insurance (UI) has declined by 25 percent nationwide since 2007, before the Great Recession, Read More »

Categories: Labor and Employment, Unemployment Insurance

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The real reasoning behind Medicaid work requirements

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March 9, 2018

Back in January, I wrote a piece for this blog about a move by the Trump administration to allow states to impose work requirements for Medicaid recipients. Since then, three states – Kentucky, Indiana, and Arkansas – have received federal approval to allow them to establish work requirements for adult Medicaid recipients to be eligible Read More »

Categories: Labor and Employment, Medicaid

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The Human Needs Report: Spending and budget work, immigration proposals, gun control measures, and more

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March 5, 2018

CHN just released another edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for the latest on Congress’s spending and budget work, immigration proposals, gun control measures, and much more. Click here for a PDF version.  Appropriations Work Continues as Congress Approaches March 23 Deadline Appropriators continued negotiations through the weekend to try to complete a Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, gun violence, Immigration, Labor and Employment, Payday lending, Poverty and Income

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A bit of good news for some Dreamers, but a real solution is needed

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February 28, 2018

Dreamers, whose lives have been turned upside down in the past few months, received a small amount of good news on Monday. That’s when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to speed up the legal fight over ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The notice came just one week before the March 5th Read More »

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Resources from around the Coalition: Trump FY19 budget edition

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February 22, 2018

On Feb. 12, the Trump administration released its Fiscal Year 2019 budget request. Since then, CHN’s members have been busy analyzing the proposal and pointing out the many ways it would slash basic human needs programs and harm low-income people. Listed below are just a few of these analyses and resources; these and many more Read More »

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The Human Needs Report: President Trump’s FY19 budget request special edition

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February 20, 2018

CHN just released a special edition of the Human Needs Report focusing on President Trump’s FY19 budget request, including sections on select departmental budgets. Click here for a PDF version of the Human Needs Report. The Trump FY19 Federal Budget Slashes Critical Human Needs Programs The Trump administration released its Fiscal Year 2019 budget request on Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations

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