CHN’s latest Human Needs Report: Stopgap spending bill passes, debt ceiling disaster averted, and more


October 11, 2021

CHN just released another edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for a breakdown of what’s in the Build Back Better Act, the latest on FY22 spending bills, where the debt ceiling showdown stands, and more. Download a PDF of the report here.

In This Edition

Stopgap spending bill keeps government open, but misses opportunity for increases
With only a few hours to spare, President Biden on Sept. 30 signed into law a stopgap spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and keep the government funded through Dec. 3. Another stopgap bill could be needed then, but advocates warn that such measures mean lost opportunity to increase badly needed funding levels for human needs programs for this fiscal year. READ MORE »

Congress could pass once-in-a-generation investments with Build Back Better package and bipartisan infrastructure bill this month
The Build Back Better Act has the potential to be one of the most significant investments in supports for America’s families to date. Read on for some of the key components of the Build Back Better Act, including in the areas of health care, child care, low-income tax credits, housing, hunger, education, and more. READ MORE 

Debt ceiling disaster averted – for now
President Biden is expected to sign legislation this week to increase the nation’s borrowing limit, also known as the debt ceiling, but what happens when the next deadline hits around December remains unclear. Economists and business leaders overwhelmingly agree that failure to raise the debt ceiling would be catastrophic damage to the U.S. and to economies worldwide. READ MORE »