October 8, 2018

  • Read articles from the October 8th edition of the Human Needs Report, including pieces on the FY19 Labor-H bill and other FY19 spending, a proposed anti-immigrant rule, a bill to fight the opioid crisis, House-passed tax cuts, and more.

  • CHN: Fiscal Year 2019 Begins Without a Shutdown and With a Labor-H Bill

    October 1 marked the start of Fiscal Year 2019 for the federal government. While all 12 appropriations bills that are required to keep the government running had not been passed by the September 30 deadline, five of them were passed by then. A partial government shutdown was avoided when President Trump on September 28 signed a stopgap measure, also known as a Continuing Resolution (CR), to fund the remaining departments through December 7. Read on for a summary of some of the highlights of the increases in the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Read More »

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  • CHN: House Passes More Tax Cuts

    On September 30, the House passed (220-191) a bill that would make permanent the tax cuts for individuals enacted as part of the GOP tax cut bill passed in December 2017. Only three Democrats voted in favor of the bill; 10 Republicans opposed it. According to the Tax Policy Center, the provisions of the package would cost as much as $3 trillion over a ten-year period, 50 percent more than the almost $2 trillion cost of the first round of tax cuts passed last year. Read More »

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  • CHN: Anti-Immigrant Public Charge Rule Changes Proposed

    On September 22, the Department of Homeland Security published a proposed rule on its website that would make it harder for immigrants to come to or stay in the U.S. if they use any number of public benefits they are legally entitled to, such as SNAP/food stamps or housing assistance. The proposed rule would make changes to what’s known as the “public charge” provisions of immigration law. Advocates believe that this is a back door way for the Trump administration to restrict family immigration and deter families from securing critical services. Read More »

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  • CHN: Farm Bill Expires as Negotiations Continue

    Lawmakers were unable to come to an agreement on the Farm Bill, which includes the reauthorization of SNAP/food stamps, before the 2014 law expired on September 30. While many programs are affected by this, SNAP and nearly all nutrition programs will continue to operate and distribute benefits. The heads of the Agriculture Committees in the House and Senate have said they hope to have a conference report, which works out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bills, ready for a vote in the lame duck session after the November elections. Read More »

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  • CHN: House and Senate Pass Conference Bill to Fight Opioid Crisis

    On September 28, the House overwhelmingly passed (393-8) the conferenced version of H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, and the Senate followed suit (98-1) on October 3. This bipartisan bill, which combines 58 bills legislators have passed over the previous months, is intended to help fight our nation’s growing opioid epidemic. Advocates across the spectrum support the bill and applaud Congress for taking action on such a serious epidemic. Read More »

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  • CHN: Advocates Respond to Supreme Court Confirmation

    Advocates responded with concerns about Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s October 6 confirmation (50-48) to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a statement released the day before the final confirmation vote in the Senate, CHN’s Executive Director Deborah Weinstein said, “His opinions and statements seek to limit the Affordable Care Act and would reduce protections for workers, voters, consumers, and people with disabilities, all of which would inflict outsized harm on poor and near-poor people.” Read More »

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