Tag: SNAP

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 »

‘I’m ashamed that hunger is a problem in this country and I think it’s a travesty’

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June 8, 2017

Advocates for one of the nation’s most effective anti-poverty initiatives spoke out this week against proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). President Trump has proposed a cut of $193 billion over ten years to SNAP, or just over 25 percent of SNAP’s funding. SNAP serves more than 42 million Americans, including roughly Read More »

Fact of the Week: Three-Fifths of cuts in Trump budget come from programs for low- and moderate-income people

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June 7, 2017

A new analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that roughly three-fifths of the $4.3 trillion of non-defense cuts in President Trump’s proposed FY18 budget come from programs assisting low- and moderate-income people. These programs, which help individuals and families, seniors, and children, account for just 29 percent of non-defense spending and Read More »

Resources from around the Coalition: the Trump budget edition

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May 26, 2017

More than $1 trillion in cuts to Medicaid. Nearly $200 billion in cuts to food assistance. $72 billion in cuts to disability programs, including Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. More than 250,000 fewer rental housing vouchers for families struggling to avoid homelessness. Elimination of funding to help poor neighbors heat and cool 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 »

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 »

Poor Excuse: Trump Budget Slashes Programs That Work Just Fine

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March 17, 2017

So the first part of the Trump budget is out, and it is one of the clearest examples of upside-down priorities you’re likely to see. It cuts funds from programs serving our people – education, nutrition, housing, job training, legal services, afterschool care… – to add money for the Pentagon. And their excuse for making Read More »