Feature: Letters to Congress

National Group Sign-On Letter Urges Congress to Quickly Enact No Less Than American Rescue Plan
February 5, 2021

On February 4th, over 100 national organizations including the Coalition on Human Needs called on the United States Congress to enact swiftly no less than what is called for in President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. Without speedy and comprehensive action, "...families that could have managed will be pushed into poverty and deaths that could have been avoided due to the pandemic will occur."

CHN letter to all U.S. Senators demands COVID-19 relief
September 25, 2020

CHN on Friday, Sept. 25 sent a letter to all 100 U.S. Senators demanding COVID-19 relief. It reads in part, "The pandemic has imperiled your constituents’ economic well-being and their health. COVID-19 cases are again rising, and as we enter the colder months, the threat will increase. The moratorium on evictions expires at the end of the year. If you leave now without acting, millions of people, unable to come up with one or more months of unpaid rent, will face eviction."

CHN’s letter to all members of the U.S. Senate urging Senators to extend U.S. Census reporting deadlines
August 10, 2020

CHN's letter to all members of the U.S. Senate urging Senators to extend statutory reporting deadlines for apportionment and redistricting data for the 2020 Census to April 30, 2021, extend the deadline to transmit state population totals to that date, prohibit the Bureau and the President from sending the relevant data to the Congress in advance of those deadlines, and to allocate $400 million to address Census Bureau operational challenges.


168 groups, including the Coalition on Human Needs, call on Congress to increase or suspend debt limit before the end of the 117th Congress.
December 13, 2022

On Tuesday, December 13, 168 groups, including the Coalition on Human Needs, called on Congress to increase or suspend the nation's debt limit before the end of the current 117th Congress,

FY23 omnibus appropriations letter to Congress calling for no less than House-proposed NDD levels
November 1, 2022

The enactment of the Continuing Resolution through December 16 was a necessary stopgap measure to allow Congress to come to agreement on full-year omnibus appropriations legislation for Fiscal Year 2023. We thank you for your leadership in averting a funding crisis and urge you to work swiftly to approve a final agreement that provides increases in domestic and international program funding (non-defense discretionary spending, or NDD), no less than those proposed by the House of Representatives for Fiscal Year 2023 and that is unencumbered by poison pill riders. At minimum, the House-proposed NDD levels are required to respond to the level of need and the precarious nature of today’s economy. Creating a separate veterans’ medical services funding category, as proposed in the Biden Administration’s FY 2023 budget, would ensure adequate funding for veterans’ medical care while minimizing competition with other vital NDD programs. 

CHN urges Congress to keep government funded through mid-December, return to work on appropriations
September 28, 2022

The Coalition on Human Needs on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 delivered a letter to all House members and Senators urging passage of a concurrent resolution to keep government funded through mid-December and to return to work on much-needed appropriations