February 9, 2018

  • Read articles from the Feb. 9th edition, including the latest on Congress’s spending and budget work, President Trump’s FY19 budget, immigration, work requirements, and more.

  • CHN: Overnight Shutdown Ends after Budget and Spending Deal is Reached

    An hours-long government shutdown ended in the early morning hours on Feb. 9 after the House and Senate agreed to pass a stopgap spending bill. This time, Congress was finally able to come to a long-awaited agreement on total funding amounts for FY18 and FY19, with substantial increases in appropriations, including some major gains for human needs programs. With the totals set, Congress now has until March 23 to make the detailed decisions that provide funding for everything from Head Start to Pentagon weapons systems. Read More »

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  • CHN: President Trump’s FY19 Budget Expected Feb. 12

    The Trump administration is expected to release its FY19 budget on Feb. 12, and it may be the only GOP budget outline released this year. Advocates are worried that it will be similar to the Trump FY18 budget, which called for trillions of dollars of cuts to human needs programs. Register for a webinar on Feb. 14 to learn more about what the president is proposing this year. Read More »

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  • CHN: Immigration Issues in Flux

    Advocates who had pushed for the inclusion of a legal fix for Dreamers who have benefited from the DACA program were upset that one was not included in the stopgap spending bill passed on Feb. 9. An open floor debate on a DACA fix will likely take place in the Senate next week, but the future is less clear in the House. In another blow to immigrant communities, the Trump administration is considering new rules that would make it harder for immigrants to come to or stay in the U.S. if they or anyone in their family use any number of public benefits they are legally entitled to, such as SNAP or Head Start. Read More »

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  • CHN: Work Requirements Threaten Benefit Recipients

    Recent decisions and possible future action on adding work requirements to Medicaid, SNAP/food stamps, housing, and other possible programs continue to threaten the access to needed benefits and services for low-income people. Kentucky and Indiana, for example, recently became the first two states to add work requirements to Medicaid benefits. And Speaker Ryan recently talked about the possibility of adding work requirements to SNAP, housing assistance, and other benefits for low-income recipients. Read More »

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  • CHN: Tipped Workers Could Lose Millions under Proposed Labor Department Rule Change

    Advocates for restaurant employees and other tipped workers are speaking out against a proposed rule that would make tips the property of employers. An economic analysis compiled by DOL staff showed that the proposal could potentially result in the loss of billions of dollars for tipped workers, but that analysis was shelved. CHN and many of our members have called on the Labor Department to withdraw the proposed rule and protect tipped workers. Read More »

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