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Obama’s, and the Safety Net’s, Anti-Poverty Achievement

December 19, 2016

With President Obama leaving office, it’s worth recalling, with updated data, one of his notable achievements:  the 2009 Recovery Act, which helped prevent a historic rise in poverty despite the worst recession since the 1930s.  Using newly available data, we estimate that the act, which strengthened key parts of the safety net, kept nearly 9 million Americans from falling below the poverty...

2009 Recovery Act Kept Wide Range of Americans out of Poverty

Pediatricians: Safety Net Key to Children’s Health and Development

September 23, 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) called on policymakers this week to do more for children’s health and development — and some of its strongest words concerned not health care but families’ economic security and opportunity.

“When a family lacks access to steady income, stable housing, adequate nutrition, and social and emotional support, it threatens the future of children and...

Child Sitting On Street

Citing Poverty’s Toll on Children, Pediatricians Call for Stronger Safety Net

March 10, 2016

Pediatricians have unique insights into children’s health and development, so yesterday’s statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that “child poverty in the United States [is] unacceptable and detrimental to the health and well-being of children” that calls for increased aid to poor...

Safety Net Reduces Poverty Now and Promotes Opportunity Over Long Run

January 7, 2016

With Republican presidential candidates gathering Saturday to discuss poverty and opportunity in Columbia, South Carolina, three points (highlighted in CBPP’s chart book on the safety net) are worth keeping in mind:

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Children With Access to SNAP Fare Better in Adulthood

The Safety Net’s Powerful Antipoverty Impact

October 27, 2015

Safety Net Cut Poverty Rate in Half in 2012Safety net programs are even more effective at reducing poverty than previously thought once you correct for households’ underreporting of the benefits they receive, Vox’s Dylan Matthews...


Safety Net Programs Lift Millions From Poverty, New Census Data Show

September 16, 2015

Safety net programs — from Social Security to food and housing assistance to working-family tax credits — kept millions of people above the poverty line in 2014, today’s Census data using the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) show (see chart). 

Because the SPM includes taxes and non-cash benefits, it gives...

In Focus: Safety Net Programs Kept Millions Out of Poverty in 2014

Bills Shortchanging Census Highlight Need for Sequestration Relief

September 11, 2015

November 12, 2015: This post has been updated to correct the names of the committees covered by the House funding bill.

As Congress seeks to finalize 2016 funding levels for discretionary programs, House and Senate proposals to fund the Census Bureau would risk raising taxpayer costs in future years and undermining the quality of demographic and economic data that help shape...


Brain Studies Highlight Importance of Anti-Poverty Policies for Children

August 6, 2015

New studies using brain scan technology vividly illustrate the harm associated with growing up poor.  These findings underscore the importance of policies to improve poor children’s environments, scientists say.

Young Children Sitting

CBPP, AEI Researchers Agree: Don’t Cripple Census

June 10, 2015

The American Enterprise Institute's (AEI) Andrew Biggs and I are together urging the Senate to adequately fund Census Bureau preparations for the 2020 census and maintain the mandatory nature of the American Community Survey (ACS), the main source of annual demographic data for understanding and responding to state and local needs.

Although our organizations frequently disagree on...

Tables, Calculator, and Magnifying Glass

Underfunding Census Is Pound Foolish

June 2, 2015

The House will begin considering a funding bill today that provides far less than the Census Bureau needs to finalize new planned cost-saving measures for the 2020 census, potentially forcing it to use older and more expensive methods.  That could raise the cost of conducting the census by $5 billion, the Bureau...

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