CHN’s latest Human Needs Report: Budget season begins, possible aid for Puerto Rico, more border wall shenanigans


January 28, 2020

CHN just released another edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for the latest on Congress’s FY21 budget talks, disaster aid for Puerto Rico, diverting funds to the border wall, recent immigration rulings, and more. You can view a PDF of the report here.  

In This Edition

With Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations finally signed into law in December, talks and speculation about Fiscal Year 2021 have begun. Congress will have $5 billion more in FY21 base discretionary dollars to work with for nondefense programs than it did in FY20, but this could still lead to flat funding or even cuts in human needs programs. READ MORE »

The Trump Administration recently announced that it would – after months of delay – free up access to more than $8 billion in funds Congress had previously appropriated for hurricane relief for Puerto Rico. But unusual conditions laid out make it less likely that the U.S. territory can use the money. The White House also opposes a House bill providing additional aid following a series of earthquakes. READ MORE »

The Trump Administration plans to divert an additional $7.2 billion from the Pentagon to border wall construction, more than five times the amount Congress approved for the wall in FY20. Two recent court decisions provided other immigration news on the Administration’s “public charge” plan and refugee resettlement executive order. READ MORE »

Budget and Appropriations
Disaster relief