Tag: poverty

Resources from around the coalition: The health care edition

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June 16, 2017

Editor’s note: The following blog post is authored by CHN intern Raquel Douglas. 3 million children without insurance. Medicaid cut by almost 50 percent. $1.2 billion in cuts to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 23 million people at risk of losing access to affordable health care coverage. Systematic discrimination against the elderly, sick, Read More »

Human Needs Report: Senate health care bill moves, FY18 budget and spending work, $15 minimum wage bill and more

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June 12, 2017

CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for articles on the Senate health care bill, budget and spending work in progress, House efforts to gut financial regulations, and a $15 minimum wage bill. Click here for the full PDF of the Human Needs Report. Senate GOP Push Their Health Care Bill this Month A group Read More »

Budget brings an avalanche of pain

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June 9, 2017

You may remember Tianna Gaines-Turner from previous blog posts. Last year, we reported on a new documentary making the rounds at Sundance and other venues throughout the country. A Hug from Paul Ryan followed the story of Tianna who, despite working two jobs just like her husband, struggles with poverty in their hometown of Philadelphia. Then in April, Gaines-Turner recounted Read More »

The People’s Budget: A Roadmap for the Resistance

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June 7, 2017

This week, members of Congress heard from more than 120,000 Americans who favor an alternative to the slash-cut-and-burn budget proposal put forth by President Trump and favored by some in Congress. That’s the number of people who signed a petition backing The People’s Budget: A Roadmap for the Resistance. The petitions were presented Wednesday at Read More »

It’s called ‘having a country’

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June 2, 2017

Last week, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney testified before the Senate Budget Committee about President Trump’s FY18 budget proposal. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) asked Director Mulvaney why the budget eliminates funding to protect the Great Lakes and other water conservation efforts. “On behalf of Michigan families,” she said, “I’d like to know Read More »

The Trump budget: A harsh attack on our own people

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May 23, 2017

Editor’s note: Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of CHN, issued the following statement Tuesday in response to President Trump’s budget proposal. A PDF version of this statement can be found here.  “Members of Congress should rise up to reject the bleak and dangerous vision in President Trump’s budget. Its massive denial of help to people struggling to Read More »

Hands Off!

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May 22, 2017

By now you probably have heard: the Trump administration tomorrow (Tuesday, May 23) will release its budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, which begins Oct. 1. We don’t know every detail of the proposal, but what we have seen leaked out in the media has us and every other proponent of basic living standards and Read More »

The big squeeze on human needs programs continues

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May 22, 2017

Editor’s note: This piece was originally published by The Hill on May 19. Stay tuned to CHN’s blog and emails for more information on President Trump’s FY18 budget, anticipated Tuesday, May 23, which is expected to slash trillions of dollars from programs that help low-income Americans. To learn more about the budget, as well as recommended messages Read More »

To raise basic living standards, we must first #RaiseTheCaps

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May 18, 2017

“On Tuesday, the President is expected to unveil a budget that busts through spending caps for defense while slashing domestic investment, which are also critical to our defense. We can’t have a secure nation if our citizens aren’t educated, aren’t healthy, and don’t have access to opportunities.” – House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer On Thursday, Read More »

Fact of the Week: More than 80 percent of critical human needs programs have lost ground since FY10

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May 16, 2017

Minority health programs cut by 10 percent. Juvenile justice programs cut nearly in half. Housing for the elderly cut by 46 percent; housing for people with disabilities cut nearly 57 percent. Job training to assist ex-offenders reintegrating into their communities cut nearly 28 percent. Out of the 167 programs tracked by CHN that assist low-income people, Read More »