Human Needs Report: Gun Control, Immigration, TANF and More


June 27, 2016

CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report, our regular newsletter on national policy issues affecting low-income and vulnerable populations. This edition includes articles on appropriations and gun control, the Supreme Court Decision on immigration, Zika, TANF, the latest House GOP proposals, and more. See below for the full analysis and links to each piece in the report.

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Gun Control Debates Take Over Appropriations Process
The issue of gun control took over the appropriations process in both chambers of Congress last week following the horrific mass shooting in Orlando. House Democrats staged a 24+ hour sit-in to urge House leaders to vote to end the loopholes that prevent background checks for gun sales at gun shows or online and to allow gun sales to be denied to those on terror watch lists. READ MORE »

SCOTUS immigration rallyA Divided Supreme Court Fails to Protect Millions of Immigrants
In a blow to millions of immigrants, a deadlocked (4-4) Supreme Court on June 23 let stand a lower court ruling blocking President Obama’s November 2014 executive actions expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (expanded DACA) guidelines and creating the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program. READ MORE »

ZikaPicHouse Republicans Pass ‘Compromise’ Zika Package that Angers Democrats
Although House and Senate members from both sides of the aisle previously met in formal negotiations, known as conferencing, over funding to respond to the Zika virus, the House last week passed a Zika package that was a compromise between House and Senate Republicans but that angered Democrats in both chambers. READ MORE »

Families First Prevention Services Act Introduced
On Tuesday, June 21, the House passed by voice vote the Family First Prevention Services Act (H.R. 5456), introduced in the House by Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and others. It had previously been approved by the House Committee on Ways and Means on June 15. Many advocacy groups were supportive of this bipartisan bill, which would allow states to use federal child welfare dollars to pay for family services to prevent children from needing to enter foster care. READ MORE »

House Passes 1-Year Extension of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the cash assistance and other services program for poor families with children, was reauthorized by the House for another year with little change. The TANF extension was attached to the Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (H.R. 5170), a bill to create poverty-related demonstration projects through a funding mechanism called social impact bonds. READ MORE »

Ryan poverty planHouse GOP Releases the Rest of its Agenda, including its Health Care Alternative
Following the June 7 release of talking points on fighting poverty, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the House Republican Task Forces he assembled continued to unveil additional pieces of the GOP agenda this month, including policy pieces on national security, the economy, the Constitution, health care, and tax reform. READ MORE »

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Affordable Care Act
Budget and Appropriations
Child Tax Credit
Earned Income Tax Credit
Education and Youth Policy
foster care
foster youth
gun violence
health care
Health Care Reform
Human Needs Report
Poverty and Income
Ryan poverty plan
tax policy
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families