CHN’s latest Human Needs Report examines COVID-19 and other spending measures, criminal justice reform, Supreme Court decisions and more


June 29, 2020

CHN just released another edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for the latest on Congress’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, work on FY21 spending bills and criminal justice reform, Supreme Court decisions, and more. Click here to download a PDF of the report.

In This Edition:

With the number of coronavirus cases – and struggling Americans – increasing across the country, advocates continue to push the Senate to act on another federal response package. The House passed the HEROES Act in May, but the Senate has yet to act on it. READ MORE »

The House is gearing up for several weeks of quick action on Fiscal Year 2021 spending bills, expected to start next week. Appropriations work in the Senate, however, has come to a standstill before things even really got going. READ MORE »

The House could take up an infrastructure bill this week, with money for low-income housing and schools, child care centers, and revitalizing economically distressed communities. The bill also includes money for health services and the U.S. Postal Service. READ MORE »

Both the House and Senate took up policing reform bills last week, with very different results. The House passed a sweeping criminal justice reform bill, while a narrower bill in the Senate was blocked by Democrats who felt it didn’t go far enough. READ MORE »

Human needs advocates were pleasantly surprised earlier this month when the Supreme Court handed down two rulings protecting LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination and protecting Dreamers from deportation. But not all news out of the Supreme Court recently has been good. READ MORE »