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Groups urge Senate to act on expanded Child Tax Credit before the end of May 
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May 8, 2024

More than 80 groups this week urged Senate leaders to take up the proposed expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) during the current congressional work period, which runs until late May. The groups, including the Coalition on Human Needs, signed a letter urging that the expanded CTC either be taken up as stand-alone legislation, or be attached as an amendment to must-pass legislation such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act, whose deadline is Friday, May 10, although that could be extended. 

Congress must reject xenophobic and unconstitutional attack on the Census today 
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May 8, 2024

We at the Coalition on Human Needs strongly urge the House to reject H.R. 7109, an unconstitutional bill which would require the Census Bureau to ask about citizenship in the decennial census and apportion House seats only based on citizens.  

CHN’s Human Needs Watch: Tracking Hardship, May 3, 2024
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May 3, 2024

The IRS is improving edition. Back in 2022, as part of President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, the Internal Revenue Service received an additional $80 billion over a decade to modernize. $20 billion of that money was “clawed back” as a result of an agreement between Republicans and the White House to suspend the national debt limit and prevent the U.S. from defaulting on its financial obligations. Now some in Congress would like to see the agency’s budget shrink further, not grow. But the facts are in as to how the IRS is making use of its new funds – and the news is good, particularly for taxpayers with modest incomes. 

Collected: 16,512 long-sleeve, lightly colored shirts to protect farmworkers from excessive heat, pesticide exposure 
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May 2, 2024

Each year in the U.S., tens if not hundreds of thousands of farmworkers are exposed to dangerous pesticides while working crop productions. The exact number is not known – years back, the Centers for Disease Control reported that diagnosed cases of sickness from pesticide poisoning range from 10,000 to 20,000 annually. And many more workers are exposed to excessive heat.

Advocates celebrate new rules governing nursing homes, home care: ‘This is about dignity’ 
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April 26, 2024

Care advocates across the nation this week are celebrating two new Biden Administration rules aimed at improving care in nursing homes and raising the salaries of home and community-based workers after years of organizing by patients, care workers, and their allies. 

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