The latest CHN Human Needs Report: Spending updates, “public charge” rule blocked, Trump steps up attacks on food aid, and more


October 29, 2019

CHN just released another edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for the latest on Congress’s work on spending bills, court rulings on President Trump’s “Public Charge” proposal, the Trump Administration’s escalation of attacks on nutrition assistance, and more. You can download a PDF of the report here.  

In This Edition

With less than a month before the government runs out of funding, the process forward looks rocky. The current stopgap spending bill, known as a Continuing Resolution or CR, provides funding for all government agencies through Nov. 21. When it was passed in late September, just before the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1, members of Congress had been hopeful that full FY20 spending bills would be completed by the mid-November date. However, fights over funding for President Trump’s border wall and other issues have held up progress. READ MORE »

No fewer than five federal judges earlier this month blocked the Trump Administration from implementing its “Public Charge” proposal, which would have denied visas or green cards to immigrants if they have used certain aid programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, or housing assistance. READ MORE »

Anti-hunger advocates are fighting the Trump Administration’s continued efforts to cut nutrition assistance on two fronts, even as new information has emerged that one U.S. Department of Agriculture proposal would cut benefits more sharply than was previously reported. READ MORE »

Congress routinely passes legislation to continue expired or soon-to-expire tax provisions, often attached to must-pass spending legislation. Details are still fuzzy about what a spending package may look like in the coming weeks and months to keep the government funded. But what is known is that members of Congress are expected to try to add a package of tax cut extenders onto end-of-year spending legislation. Advocates are making the case that any tax package that moves through Congress must include provisions to help low-income families. READ MORE »

Budget and Appropriations
low income tax credits
nutrition assistance