Category Archives: federal budget

Fact of the Week: Since FY 2010, at Least 119 Important Human Needs Programs Have Been Cut, 99 by More than 10%

By Lecia Imbery July 14, 2014 New data released by CHN shows that, out of a group of 131 programs of special importance to low-income and vulnerable people, 119 saw decreases from FY 2010 through FY 2014 after adjusting for inflation. Ninety-nine … Continue reading

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Urge Congress to Fund McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance

From the People’s Emergency Center (http://www.pec-cares.org): The program McKinney-Vento ends homelessness. In Pennsylvania, more than 18,000 citizens are housed with this support. Last year, the U.S. Congress cut funding to the McKinney-Vento by 5%, compelling reductions in housing, employment programs, and more. PEC … Continue reading

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To Fix Our Roads, We Need to Repair the Potholes in the Budget

From the Center for Effective Government (http://www.foreffectivegov.org): Instead of rewarding scofflaws by allowing them to keep almost all the profits on which they have avoided paying U.S. taxes, we should be boarding up the financial exit ramps out of the … Continue reading

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New Report: Addressing the Need for More Federal Revenue

From Citizens for Tax Justice (http://www.ctj.org): A new report from Citizens for Tax Justice explains why Congress should raise revenue and describes several options to do so. Read the report at http://ctj.org/ctjreports/2014/07/addressing_the_need_for_more_federal_revenue.php. Part I of the report explains why Congress … Continue reading

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Where Does the Money Come From?

From the National Priorities Project (http://nationalpriorities.org/): Federal Budget 101, one of NPP’s most popular resources, just got a facelift. We’ve updated our suite of Budget Basics that answer the questions: Where does the money come from? Where does it go? … Continue reading

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Big Spending, Little Oversight: How Tax Breaks are Costing the U.S. Treasury Billions Each Year

From the National Priorities Project (http://nationalpriorities.org/): This week, tax reform is in the news again. Congressional leaders are considering making a set of corporate and other tax breaks (called “tax extenders”) permanent. The more than 50 extenders up for consideration … Continue reading

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Ryan Budget Recycles Failed Proposals for SNAP

From the Food Research and Action Center (http://www.frac.org): Statement attributable to FRAC President Jim Weill. Washington, D.C. – April 1, 2014 – Sadly, it’s not an April Fool’s Joke. Today, April 1, for the fourth time in as many years, … Continue reading

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New Report Stacks Up Paul Ryan, President Obama, and the Congressional Progressive Caucus Against Americans’ Priorities

From the National Priorities Project (http://nationalpriorities.org/): Representative Paul Ryan, the House Budget Chair, just released his budget proposal for 2015. We compared Ryan’s vision against the proposals previously released by President Obama and the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Here’s how they … Continue reading

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Urge Congress to Support Funding for Rural Housing Programs–Deadline March 28

From the National Rural Housing Coalition (http://ruralhousingcoalition.org/): Rep. Hinojosa (D-TX) has issued a Dear Colleague letter (https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5172/images/Dear%20Colleague_Hinojosa__Rural%20Housing%20Appropriations_FY15.pdf), asking Members of Congress to join him in urging the House Appropriations Committee to fully fund USDA Rural Housing programs. PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES … Continue reading

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Eliminate the Pentagon’s War Slush Fund

From the National Priorities Project (http://nationalpriorities.org/): We need your help to hold the Pentagon accountable. Combined Pentagon and war spending account for a whopping 57% of the federal discretionary budget. This fiscal year, the Pentagon is using a portion of … Continue reading

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