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October 9, 2015

This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget and taxes, housing, and Social Security Disability Insurance.

On the federal budget and taxes, Isaac Shapiro explained that non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending is headed toward a historic...
October 8, 2015

Unless the President and Congress act to replenish the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) trust fund, beneficiaries face a 20 percent benefit cut next year.  As we’ve explained, DI is a critical part of Social Security that serves as a lifeline for workers who can no longer support themselves because of a life-changing illness or injury.  But there’s lots of confusion about this vital...

10 Things You Should Know About Disability Insurance
October 8, 2015

Even if, through their budget discussions, the President and Congress provide $37 billion in sequestration relief for non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs next year — the most that any agreement would likely include — funding for these programs would still be low by historical standards.

An added $37 billion would eliminate all of the sequestration in NDD programs and restore the...

In Focus: Sequestration Relief Would Undo Only Part of Budget Cuts
October 7, 2015

Fully restoring the vouchers lost in recent years will likely require relief from sequestration. The President and Congress should prioritize doing so in their fall negotiations over a final 2016 budget. 

Housing Agencies Restoring Vouchers — Let’s Finish the Job in 2016
October 6, 2015

We co-hosted a tweet chat today with NDD United about the tight annual caps on funding for non-defense discretionary programs, and how the caps make it hard to meet a broad array of national needs.  

CBPP’s Joel Friedman and David Reich answered questions during the chat, including the following:...

House and Senate Bills Would Deepen Past Cuts to K-12 Education
October 5, 2015

We’ve noted that 70 percent of Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) beneficiaries are 50 or older, but DI is also important for the relatively few younger workers who qualify for it due to a...

Disability Rates & Benefits Rise with Age
October 2, 2015

This week at CBPP, we focused on health care, the federal budget and taxes, food assistance, the safety net, housing, and the economy.

On health care, Judith Solomon raised questions about the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 — the state’s plan to expand Medicaid — that...
Figure 2: EITC Boosts Single Mother Employment
October 2, 2015

The facts don’t support claims by the American Enterprise Institute’s Robert Doar that TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) is a success so we should continue and even strengthen its “work-first” approach — which requires recipients to participate in activities that mimic work (like unpaid jobs...

never married mothers
October 2, 2015

This week’s Senate Finance Committee hearing on Puerto Rico’s financial and economic challenges brought overdue attention to the island’s inadequate Medicaid funding.  Unlike the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico is limited to a low, fixed amount of federal Medicaid funding...

Health - Money and Stethoscope
October 1, 2015

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen recently noted two salient facts about the labor market that tomorrow’s jobs report won’t change:

The labor market has achieved considerable progress over the past several years. Even so, further improvement in labor market conditions would be welcome because

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