Tag: poverty

How the House’s SNAP cuts would hurt children

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May 11, 2018

The House is likely to vote as soon as next week on the Farm Bill, legislation that includes the reauthorization of SNAP/food stamps. Despite historically being a bipartisan bill, the version put forth by the House GOP leaders this year includes sweeping, even stricter work requirements for recipients than those that are already in place. Read More »

Continuing Dr. King’s fight

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April 4, 2018

Reverend James Lawson was on National Public Radio yesterday, remembering Dr. Martin Luther King’s last campaign for justice.  Rev. Lawson, now 89, was a leader and teacher of nonviolent resistance in Memphis then, and urged Dr. King to come in support of the sanitation workers striking to raise their poverty wages and for their rights Read More »

How to fill the rest of 2018

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March 28, 2018

A piece in The Hill today says that “Republican leaders are mulling what to do for the rest of the year…” It goes on to say that legislative activity will slow down dramatically after Congress returns from its spring recess so members can spend more time campaigning before the November midterm elections. As such, GOP Read More »

Human Needs Report: Spending and budget deal, immigration, work requirements and more

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February 9, 2018

CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for the latest on Congress’s spending and budget work, immigration, work requirements, and a rule affecting tipped workers. Click here for a PDF version of the Human Needs Report. Overnight Shutdown Ends after Budget and Spending Deal is Reached An hours-long government shutdown ended Read More »

Head Smacker: The State of the Union edition

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January 31, 2018

There were so many Head Smackers in President Trump’s State of the Union address last night that it nearly left many of us at CHN with concussions. Thankfully, CHN’s members were quick to react and get the facts out there. Below is a recap of just a few of the tweets our friends put out Read More »

The State of the Union in Perspective: Trump’s America and Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms

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January 30, 2018

In 1941, Franklin Roosevelt addressed the nation to bring us together in support of a strong American presence in the world.  Defeating the Axis forces in concert with our allies was essential to ensure that people all over the world could enjoy four freedoms:  freedom of speech and of religion, and freedom from want and Read More »

How to respond to President Trump’s State of the Union

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January 30, 2018

Tonight President Trump will deliver the State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress.  We will be listening – both to the things he says and for the things he doesn’t say. To help you respond to the President’s speech, we are sharing with you some tools from our friends. Americans for Read More »

Payday lending: A cycle of debt and desperation

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January 19, 2018

During the past year, payday lenders and those who issue car-title loans have taken more than $8 billion in fees and interest from families in the U.S. who took out loans that operate as debt traps, according to a coalition of consumer groups and others that has formed to put a halt to the practice. Read More »

Human Needs Report: What Congress Did – and Didn’t Do – at the End of 2017, and What’s on Tap for Early 2018

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January 11, 2018

A lot happened on Capitol Hill right before the holiday break, while many other issues were kicked down the road and remain on the Congressional agenda for early 2018. Where do things stand? CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report, with a brief rundown on Congress’s spending work, the tax cut Read More »

America’s deep freeze is no time to be stingy about heating homes of the poor

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January 5, 2018

Editor’s note: This piece was originally published by CNN on January 4.  Low-income families struggle to pay their home energy bills in the best of times, and these are not the best of times. Record cold temperatures are bearing down along the East Coast and across the Midwest, and, based on US Energy Information Administration Read More »