The Federal Budget is a moral document outlining what we as a nation choose to invest in, and these investments will affect individuals and communities across the country. The Coalition on Human Needs believes that these investments should focus on priorities that bring about shared and broad prosperity such as investing in education, health care, housing, financial security, and tax justice.

To help advocates navigate this topic and stay up to date on the latest developments, the Coalition on Human Needs has created this resource library. This library will have official documents, research and analysis, fact sheets, and actions you and your supporters can take to advocate for a responsible federal budget that invests in human needs.

With this information at your fingertips, we hope to empower advocates to develop effective messaging, and stay informed about the latest policy developments. Whether advocating for increased funding for a specific program or pushing for broader changes to the budget process, hopefully this resource library has information that you can use.

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If you have question or want to know more about how you can get involved in advocating for a better budget please contact Dominique Espinoza (

CHN Member Groups and Allies’ Commentary and Analysis


Breaking News: 681 Groups Tell Congress: Responsibly Fund Needed Services and Reject the Chaos of a Government Shutdown

Click here to read the letter. Click here to read our blog post.

Breaking News: State and Local Advocates Push for Spending Bills that Help Children, Working Families

Wisconsin Families Could See Double Whammy from Budget Policies, Wisconsin News Connection, Sept. 14, 2023
CA Anti-Poverty Groups Fight for Higher Food Benefits for Women, Children, California News Service, Sept. 5, 2023
Lack of Affordable Housing Could Impede Ohio’s Economic Growth, Ohio News Connection, Aug. 25, 2023
NY Children Face Severe Impacts of Proposed Head Start Cuts, New York News Connection, Aug. 23, 2023

Breaking News: CHN Members, Allies React to Debt Ceiling Agreement

We, the Hostages: Disappointments in The Fiscal Responsibility Act,
Coalition on Human Needs, May 30, 2023
Passage of the Debt Ceiling Legislation Merits Recognition — However, the SPLC Action Fund is Concerned the Deal Will Harm Many Lower Income Americans, Southern Poverty Law Center Action Fund, June 2, 2023
The Debt Ceiling Deal Means There is Significant Work Ahead to Fight Poverty, RESULTS, June 2, 2023
Bread Grateful for Debt Ceiling Deal, Disappointed by Expanded Work Requirements, Bread for the World, June 2, 2023
Debt Limit Bill Averts Major Disaster, Doesn’t Solve Long-Term Issues, Center for Law and Social Policy, June 1, 2023
SEIU’s Henry: Working People Will Remember that House Republicans Used Default Threat to Undo Progress and Push Extremist Agenda, SEIU, June 1, 2023
Feeding America Analysis of the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023, June 1, 2023
Budget Deal “Short-sided, Unfair, and Fiscally Irresponsible,” Children’s Advocate Says, First Focus on Children, May 31, 2023
Quaker Lobby Bemoans Debt Ceiling Fiasco in Washington, Friends Committee on National Legislation, May 31, 2023
MAZON Concerned that Debt Ceiling Deal Sets a Dangerous Precedent, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, May 31, 2023
Default Bill: We Never Should Have Been in This Position, Public Citizen, May 31, 2023
Debt Ceiling Agreement’s SNAP Changes Would Increase Hunger and Poverty for Many Older, Low-Income People; New Exemptions Would Help Some Others, Center for Budget and Poverty Priorities, May 31, 2023
TANF Provisions in Debt Ceiling Agreement, analysis by Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, May 31, 2023
This Fight Should Not Be Happening, But America’s Moms Want Compassionate Policies, a Care Infrastructure, and a Tax System that Requires the Wealthy to Pay Their Fair Share,
MomsRising, May 31, 2023
Debt Ceiling Deal Makes Major Improvements from Dangerous GOP Proposal But Fails to Protect Low-Income Communities of Color, Prosperity Now, May 31, 2023
ProsperUS Coalition Speaks Out After House Vote on Debt Ceiling Bill, ProsperUS, May 31, 2023
GRACE and End Child Poverty California Oppose Debt Ceiling Agreement that Cuts Critical Cash and Food Aid, End Child Poverty California, May 31, 2023
Feeding America Statement on Debt Limit Deal, May 30, 2023
National Alliance to End Homelessness Statement on Proposed Debt Ceiling Deal, May 30, 2023
NWLC Reacts to Debt Ceiling Deal, National Women’s Law Center, May 30, 2023
Debt Limit Agreement Could Cause WIC Funding Shortfall, National WIC Association, May 30, 2023
Sojourners Statement on Debt Ceiling Agreement, May 30, 2023
Proposed $21.4 Billion in Cuts to IRS Funding Hamstrings the Agency from Cutting Down on Tax Cheats, Economic Security Project, May 30, 2023
Debt Ceiling Bill Harms Hungry Older Americans While Maintaining Subsidies for the Idle Rich, Hunger Free America, May 30, 2023
Caring Across Generations Responds to Debt Limit Deal, May 30, 2023
Share Our Strength’s Lisa Davis Responds to Debt Limit Deal and its Impact on SNAP, May 30, 2023
Debt Ceiling Agreement Will Increase Hunger and Poverty, California Association of Food Banks, May 30, 2023
Expansion of Harsh Time Limits on SNAP in Debt Ceiling Agreement Will Fuel Rises in Hunger and Poverty, Food Research & Action Center, May 29, 2023
Default Agreement Protects Key Clean Energy Investments; Makes Mockery of Process with Mountain Valley Pipeline, Natural Resources Defense Council, May 29, 2023
NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson on the Fiscal Responsibility Act, May 29, 2023
IBEW Statement on Debt Limit Agreement, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, May 29, 2023
LCV Statement on Debt Limit Deal, League of Conservation Voters, May 29, 2023
Punishing Debt Limit Deal Hurts Families, Bad for Economy, Gives Free Pass to Wealthiest Americans and Biggest Corporations, Groundwork Collaborative, May 28, 2023
Debt Deal Avoids the Elephant in the Room, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, May 28, 2023
Final Debt Ceiling Agreement Could Harm Renters and People Experiencing Homelessness, National Low Income Housing Coalition, May 28, 2023
Debt Ceiling Agreement Reflects Improvements Over House Bill, Harmful Provisions Remain, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, May 28, 2023
NETWORK Statement on Debt Ceiling Framework, May 28, 2023
Patrick Gaspard on Reported Deal to Avoid an Unprecedented and Devastating Default, Center on American Progress, May 27, 2023
Beware: Vicious Spending Caps Are Designed to Hurt — Not Help — the U.S. Economy
, Coalition on Human Needs, May 24, 2023
713 groups tell Congress: Avoid cuts to human needs programs, raise revenues responsibly to cut deficit, pay for shared investments, Coalition on Human Needs, May 22, 2023 (group letter here.)
The Cost of Cutting Cash Assistance to Children and Families: Changing TANF Work Requirements Could Cost Society Up to $30 Billion a Year, Columbia University Center on Poverty and Social Policy, May 16, 2023

Official Documents

CHN Materials

Action Alerts

Statements and Analysis from CHN Members and Other Partners