Human Needs Report: Immigration, cabinet picks, the ACA and more


February 6, 2017

Congress has been in session for just over a month now, and the Trump Administration is just a couple of weeks old. CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report, with a look at what they’ve been up to – and how advocates have responded – in what’s been a busy beginning of the year. Read on for articles on Congress’s work to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the executive order on immigration, Cabinet and Supreme Court nominees and worker protections under threat.

Click here for the full PDF of the Human Needs Report.

Efforts to Repeal Affordable Care Act Miss First Deadline but Still Push Forward
Within hours of taking the oath of office, President Trump took steps to continue the GOP’s pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act. His Republican counterparts on Capitol Hill, however, missed their first self-imposed deadline on passing legislation to do so. The timing and specifics of what a replacement plan might look light remain uncertain. READ MORE »

Advocates Rally against Refugee Halt and Travel Bans from 7 Muslim Nations; Court Rulings Temporarily Overturn Trump Orders
Advocates across the country responded with outrage and concern to President Trump’s executive order effectively banning Muslims from seven countries from entering the U.S. and suspending the refugee resettlement program. Challenges to the ban and its recent reversal by a judge continue to make their way through the courts. It has also been reported that reported that the Trump Administration is considering another order that would further restrict immigrants and potential immigrants who use or would be expected to use public benefits, dramatically altering immigration policies and practices that have been in effect for a century. READ MORE »

Votes Begin on President Trump’s Cabinet Picks
Despite efforts by advocates and Senate Democrats, who asked for additional time to question nominees and boycotted votes, several of President Trump’s cabinet nominees moved forward in recent days. Several nominees could be confirmed in the Senate as early as this week. READ MORE »

House Votes to Roll Back Worker Protection Rule
The House voted on Feb. 2 to repeal the regulations implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order previously issued by President Obama. The order requires federal contractors to disclose any violations of worker protection laws before receiving new government contracts, and advocates believe it is necessary to protect workers’ wages and safety and to encourage violators to comply with labor and civil rights laws. READ MORE »

Advocates Oppose President Trump’s Supreme Court Pick
Advocates have been voicing opposition to President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Several CHN members released statements opposing his nomination. READ MORE »

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