Ryan, McConnell and Trump’s Failed Leadership

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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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Tax Bill Grinch steals Christmas — and threatens America’s lower- and middle-income families

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December 19, 2017

Editor’s note: Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs, issued the following statement Tuesday, Dec. 19 in response to the tax bill passed today by the House and up for a vote in the Senate: “Today the tax bill Grinch stole Christmas and handed it over to corporations and the wealthiest Americans.  Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Disabilities, Economy, Education and Youth Policy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Health Care Reform, Housing and Homelessness, Medicaid, Medicare, Opioids, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Tax Policy

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Stealing Tips

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December 19, 2017

Advocates for restaurant employees and other tipped workers are speaking out against a proposed rule that would make tips the property of employers, a proposal which opponents fear would lead to significantly less income for workers. The regulation from the Trump Administration’s Department of Labor, pushed by the National Restaurant Association, would allow for the Read More »

Categories: Economy, Labor and Employment, Minimum Wage, Tipped workers

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“Monday is my 34th birthday. I probably won’t have many more.”

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December 18, 2017

Health care advocates rallied at the U.S. Capitol Monday, part of a last-minute effort to defeat massive tax cuts – tax cuts that pose a potentially devastating threat to Medicaid, Medicare and other key programs. In an event that was part protest and part news conference, medical practitioners and patients told story after story of Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Child Nutrition, Disabilities, Food and Nutrition, Health, Health Care Reform, Medicaid, Medicare, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Tax Policy

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Children and youth stuck in limbo while Congress fails to act

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December 18, 2017

Editor’s note: This piece, written by Jessica Gehr and Wendy Cervantes of CLASP, was originally published on CLASP’s blog on Dec. 14.  The lives of millions of children and youth hang in the balance because Congress has yet to act on two critical issues: the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and passage of Read More »

Categories: Health, Immigration, Medicaid

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Majorly Misplaced Priorities

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December 14, 2017

Tens of thousands of Virginia families are just receiving what could be devastating news in their mailboxes. That’s because earlier this week, Virginia sent letters to families of more than 68,000 children informing them that their children may lose their health insurance at the end of January unless Congress acts to extend funding for the Read More »

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

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Human Needs Report: Tax cut bill, avoiding a shutdown, disaster aid, and more

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December 11, 2017

CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for articles on Congress’s tax cut bill, avoiding a shutdown, disaster aid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Dreamers, and more. Click here for a PDF version of the Human Needs Report. Negotiations on Final Tax Bill Hit Some Snags House and Senate leaders were expected Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Disaster Relief, Health, Health Care Reform, Immigration, Tax Policy

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For the benefit of our children, Congress must reject the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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December 11, 2017

Editor’s note: The following op-ed, authored by Lynette Fraga, appeared in The Hill on Friday, Dec. 8. Fraga is chair of the board of the Children’s Leadership Council and the Executive Director of Child Care Aware of America. The measure of a nation is how well we safeguard all children by offering the opportunity to thrive. Yet, Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Child Nutrition, Child tax credit, Early Childhood Education, Education and Youth Policy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Medicaid, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Tax Policy

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More than 100 groups tell Congress: Protect the Dreamers. Fund Urgent priorities

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December 8, 2017

Editor’s note: The Coalition on Human Needs released the following statement on Friday, Dec. 8: Now that Congress has acted to keep government open and running for two more weeks, it is time to get down to business:  Congress must act this month to protect Dreamers and fund important priorities ranging from children’s health and Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Health, Immigration

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No hate. No fear. Immigrants are welcome here.

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December 6, 2017

Thousands of Dreamers and their supporters rallied across the street from the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, Dec. 6, and were followed by the arrest of approximately 200 individuals who engaged in civil disobedience on the Capitol steps. The protesters, estimated at more than 10,000, came from as far away as Florida, Texas, and Wisconsin.  They were Read More »

Categories: Immigration

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