Human Needs Report: Budget Update, Criminal Justice Reform, Emergency Funding and More


March 14, 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 the House FY17 budget, a housing assistance bill that passed the House, criminal justice reform, child nutrition reauthorization, and funding for emergencies. See below for the full analysis and links to each piece in the report.
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Budget Could Move Forward in the House; Proposed Cuts to Select Programs Move, Too
After weeks of delay and uncertainty, the House budget resolution could be unveiled and debated this Wednesday in the House Budget Committee. The budget is almost certain to call for cuts to low-income programs that serve low-income and other disadvantaged populations. Other House committee are moving forward this week on proposals to cut certain mandatory programs as well. READ MORE »

Improvements to Housing Assistance Programs Get Unanimous Support in the House
In a win for low-income advocates and a rare act of overwhelming bipartisanship, the House on February 2 unanimously passed (427-0) a bill that will make federal housing assistance programs more efficient and effective, improving lives for low-income families. READ MORE »

Criminal Justice Reform Could Still Happen
Advocates who are pushing for criminal justice reform might have been feeling like they are on a roller coaster lately, with good reason. However, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) said last Tuesday that revisions to the bill that would garner enough support to pass Congress would be announced soon. READ MORE »

Child Nutrition Bill Awaits Senate Action
Advocates remain hopeful that the full Senate will take up bipartisan legislation to reauthorize child nutrition programs soon. READ MORE »

Funding for Emergencies: Lead Poisoning, Opioids and Zika
Congress has been slow to respond to several emergency situations. Although some progress appears possible in one case, emergency funding has been shot down in another and remains uncertain in still another. READ MORE »

Budget and Appropriations
child nutrition
health care
Health Care Reform
Housing and Homelessness
Human Needs Report
minimum wage
Poverty and Income
Social Services