Category Archives: federal budget

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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A Clean Spending Package, or an Ugly Christmas Tree?

Posted at http://www.chn.org/2015/12/02/a-clean-spending-package-or-an-ugly-christmas-tree/#.VmBqknarQdU By Lecia Imbery December 2, 2015 With Thanksgiving barely over, many Americans turned their attention immediately to Christmas. A less-than-scientific poll (my personal Facebook feed) showed that lots of friends went to their local Christmas tree lot in … Continue reading

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Tell Congress: Time to Emphasize Anti-Hunger Priorities

From the Food Research and Action Center (http://www.frac.org): Child Nutrition Reauthorization is moving forward on Capitol Hill. While decisions are being made very quickly, pieces of the bill remain in play. There is still time to make your voice heard … Continue reading

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Tell Congress: Pass Clean Appropriations Bill without Destructive Policy Riders

From Peace Action (http://www.peace-action.org/): October’s temporary budget deal narrowly averted a government shutdown and first-ever US default.  But we are not out of the woods from the disastrous “austerity” politics that have plagued Washington—and the country— since passage of the … Continue reading

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Urge Congress to Extend EITC/CTC to Support Working Families/Parents

From the Coalition on Human Needs (http://www.chn.org): Before the end of the year, Congress will vote on legislation to extend more than 50 tax breaks—most of which will benefit corporations. Corporate tax breaks will cost billions of dollars. But two … Continue reading

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