5 Things to Look For in the Budgets Next Week, and What You Can Do About Them

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March 13, 2015

Next week, the House and Senate Budget Committees will release and start to debate their proposed FY 2016 budgets. Lots of people are talking about what will be in them. Here are five things we think all human needs advocates need to look out for and be wary of in these budget blueprints: Balancing the Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Health Care Reform, Medicaid, Medicare, Military Spending, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Tax Policy

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Fact of the Week: More than 100 Big U.S. Corporations Used Offshore Tax Havens to Avoid $280 Billion in Taxes

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March 11, 2015

A report out in February from Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, shows that many U.S. corporations are effectively dodging billions in U.S. taxes. Looking at companies that are part of the Business Roundtable, a coalition of CEOs from 201 of the biggest companies in the U.S., the report Read More »

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The Law and Health Care for Millions: Rallying Outside the Supreme Court

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March 6, 2015

Dr. Alice Chen is executive director of Doctors for America. She and Ron Pollack, who directs Families USA, were among the key leaders organizing a rally in front of the Supreme Court while oral arguments were going on that might determine the fate of the Affordable Care Act. Alice’s smile (at the right) embodied the Read More »

Categories: Health, Health Care Reform

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A budget with more waste or more investments? Tell Congress the choice is clear.

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March 6, 2015

Tell Congress we need a budget that works for everyone on social media with our Thunderclap. One click today releases the message on March 16.  In less than 2 weeks, Congress will sit down to debate the FY2016 budget. This is a critical time and we need you to take action to make sure America Read More »

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People Making a Difference: Senator Mikulski

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March 5, 2015

[Lecia Imbery also contributed to this post.] “Because it’s always been about you, never about me. That’s what it takes to be a good senator by my expectations and by my standards.” –Sen. Barbara Mikulski Earlier this week, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) announced that she will not run for reelection in 2016. That’s a loss for Read More »

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

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Human Needs Report: DHS funding, immigration, tax cuts, and FY16 budgets

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March 2, 2015

CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report, our regular newsletter on national policy issues affecting low-income and vulnerable populations. This latest edition looks at the battle in Congress over funding for the Department of Homeland Security and immigration, the ongoing FY 2016 budget hearings in the House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees, and Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Immigration, Tax Policy

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Sign to tell Congress to invest in America and stop the budget cuts

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February 27, 2015

A few weeks ago we took to Twitter to rally and tell Congress to #StopTheCuts. With your help we raised our voices and even got #StopTheCuts trending in DC. We’re still working hard to show Congress that people across the country want economic security for all of us, not just breaks for the well-heeled and Read More »

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Help Protect Social Security and Disability Insurance

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February 26, 2015

Yesterday we joined with the Center for American Progress, Social Security Works, and organizations and individuals from around the country for a Twitterstorm telling Congress to save Social Security and the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Trust Fund. Below is what some of you had to say. Thank you for raising your voice for the millions Read More »

Categories: Social Security

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Fact of the Week: Half of New Jobs Pay Less than a Living Wage

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February 25, 2015

A few weeks ago, our Fact of the Week highlighted the historically low percentage of jobless workers who are receiving unemployment insurance benefits. We noted that unemployment and underemployment remain high, despite the growth in the number of jobs in recent years. But there’s another part of this story – the types of jobs our Read More »

Categories: Labor and Employment, Minimum Wage

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Fact of the Week: Half of Low-Wage Workers Don’t Have a Single Paid Day Off

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February 20, 2015

Almost half of workers in the lowest 25 percent of wage earners have no paid time off at all – not a single paid sick day, personal day, or vacation day, and no paid family or medical leave. For the lowest 10 percent of wage earners, the situation gets worse: nearly 80 percent of workers Read More »

Categories: Health, Poverty and Income

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