Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) expressed strong opposition against a rule released today by the Trump administration to penalize legal immigrants from securing a green card if they receive housing or food subsidies from the government.
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) are two of the most important anti-poverty programs in the country. Together these programs prevent more than 29 million people from falling into, or deeper into, poverty. However, there are two serious gaps in these credits.
Congress is in the middle of an intense debate about the federal budget and how much money to spend on the programs our communities rely on—including those that support our most vulnerable neighbors. If Congress fails to act, critical human needs programs could see a $55 billion cut for the coming fiscal year, which begins October 1.
The House passed several spending bills for fiscal year 2020 in June—including the Labor Health and Human Services (Labor-H), Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD), Commerce Justice Science (CJS), Interior Energy and Water, and State Foreign Operations (SFOPs) appropriations bills.
This week the U.S. House of Representatives is moving a $1 trillion spending package to fund key federal departments and agencies. In the process of debating and voting on the measure, Members of Congress will be considering multiple amendments.
Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) praised the Senate for completing its work on a disaster relief package that was months overdue. The central component of the bipartisan compromise includes $19.1 billion to help Americans citizens recover from natural disasters from 2017-2019. The most controversial aspect of the process – a late-breaking Administration request to include an unrelated $4.5 billion more in border enforcement funding – has been avoided. The House must now follow suit without any further delay.
As the appropriations process for 2020 begins, FCNL joined 30 national, faith-based organizations in calling on Congress to recognize its moral obligation to allocate federal funds in a manner that prioritizes human needs, rather than expanding immigration enforcement measures that attack children, families, and workers.
The EITC and Child Tax Credit are two of our nation’s most effective anti-poverty programs. Congress must act to strengthen them.
April 15 marked Tax Day. We often talk about the federal budget as a moral document, which outlines the priorities of our nation. If we want to have an honest conversation about our nation’s spending, we also must discuss taxes, the revenue side of the budget equation.
Soon, Congress will choose how much taxpayer money each federal department will receive. Many of them oversee critical programs that benefit people, ranging from anti-hunger and housing programs, to education, and foreign aid.