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Congress Insists on Cuts to Offset Emergencies and Food for Children but Not for Corporate Tax Breaks

Posted at http://www.chn.org/2016/03/18/head-smacker-congress-insists-cuts-offset-emergencies-food-children-not-corporate-tax-breaks/#.VuwPUeIrIdU By Lecia Imbery MARCH 18, 2016 Congress has been talking about the national debt and fiscal responsibility a lot lately, especially with the release of the House budget proposal this week. They insist that our deficit is out of control … Continue reading

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Urge Your Members of Congress to Vote No on Draconian House Budget Resolution

From the Food Research and Action Center (http://www.frac.org): The FY2017 Budget Resolution voted out of the House Budget Committee last night threatens severe budget cuts to essential federal programs serving low-income families and individuals and proposes to block grant SNAP … Continue reading

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What Could We Do with $695 Billion?

Posted at http://www.chn.org/2016/03/08/12552/#.VuBVzPkrIdU By David Elliot March 8, 2016 Imagine what our country could do with an additional $695 billion. Imagine the number of schools we could build. The number of teachers we could hire (and the decent salaries we could … Continue reading

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Fact of the Week: 85 Percent of Critical Human Needs Programs Have Lost Ground Since 2010

Posted at http://www.chn.org/2016/02/24/12451/#.Vs3dQ_krIdU By Lecia Imbery February 24, 2016 Out of the more than 160 programs tracked by CHN that assist low-income people, 139 saw funding cuts from FY2010 through FY2016 after taking inflation into account. But it wasn’t just inflation … Continue reading

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Federal Budget Season Begins – What to Watch For

Less than two months after FY16 appropriations were wrapped up in December, Congress and the Obama Administration are already working on FY17 budgets. President Obama is technically required to submit his budget proposal to Congress by the first Monday of … Continue reading

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Low-Income Programs Got Less Than Half the Average Increase of Other Non-Defense Programs in FY16

Posted at http://www.chn.org/2016/01/28/fact-of-the-week-low-income-programs-got-less-than-half-the-average-increase-of-other-non-defense-programs-in-fy16/#.Vqp3nPkrIdU By Lecia Imbery January 28, 2016 While the FY16 omnibus spending bill included funding beyond the harsh sequestration caps and included gains for some important human needs programs, programs serving low-income Americans overall fared considerably worse than others. According to new research by … Continue reading

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What’s in the Omnibus, Tax Credits Made Permanent, the ACA, and Other Items Congress Did and Didn’t Do Before Heading Home

Posted at http://www.chn.org/2015/12/21/human-needs-report-whats-in-the-omnibus-tax-credits-made-permanent-the-aca-and-other-items-congress-did-and-didnt-do-before-heading-home/#.Vorzk_krIdU By Lecia Imbery December 21, 2015 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 omnibus spending package, low-income tax credits, the … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Negotiate End to Export Ban, Throw Out Major Riders

Manuel Quiñones, Geof Koss and Phil Taylor, Environment & Energy reporters Published: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 Congressional leaders unveiled a $1.15 trillion fiscal 2016 spending bill overnight that scraps limits on crude oil exports but includes no major policy riders. Both parties were … Continue reading

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Good News in the FY 2016 Omnibus and Tax Cut Bills

Posted at http://www.chn.org/2015/12/16/good-news-in-the-fy-2016-omnibus-and-tax-cut-bills/#.VnMfA_krIdU By Deborah Weinstein December 16, 2015 There is important good news for low-income people in the FY 2016 omnibus appropriations bill and tax cut package heading for votes in Congress in the next few days. Perhaps most important, improvements … Continue reading

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Tell Congress to Stop Playing Politics with the Welfare of the American People

From the Coalition on Human Needs (http://www.chn.org): The recent temporary budget deal has narrowly averted a government shutdown, but we are not out of the woods. Although the deal lifts Budget Control Act “caps” for two years by $80 billion, … Continue reading

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