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March 29, 2017

President Trump’s “skinny” budget for 2018 proposes cuts to non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs that would be particularly damaging because, as the chart shows, they target many programs that policymakers have already cut significantly over the past seven years. His budget boosts defense spending by $54 billion and raises funding for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Homeland...

Trump Budget Slashes Departments That Are Already Far Below Their 2010 Funding Levels
March 28, 2017

This is the first in our “Vouchers Work” blog series, which provides the latest facts and figures about the Housing Choice Voucher program, the largest rental assistance program to help families with children, working people, seniors, and people with disabilities afford decent, stable housing.

Created in the 1970s, the “Section 8”...

Who Is Helped by Housing Choice Vouchers?
March 28, 2017

President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have both signaled that tax reform is their next top legislative priority. Any tax bill should keep three promises that they and other key Republican leaders have made:

(1) No absolute tax cuts for the “upper class.” ...

Form 1040
March 28, 2017

State and local housing agencies will have to eliminate vouchers for 55,000 low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities if policymakers renew Housing Choice Vouchers for the rest of fiscal year 2017 at the average funding level that the House and Senate appropriations committees...

Apartment Building
March 24, 2017

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

On health care, Robert Greenstein explained that the House Republican health bill would likely represent the greatest assault on modest-income Americans of any

Even With Tax Credit Increase for Older Consumers, Total Consumer Costs Would Rise Sharply Under House GOP Bill
March 24, 2017

We explained earlier today why a Republican leadership plan to add $15 billion for behavioral health treatment and maternity coverage and newborn care to the House health bill would do little to offset the enormous damage that the underlying bill would do to...

March 24, 2017

Due to the proposal in the House Republican health bill to convert Medicaid to a per capita cap or block grant, the aging of baby boomers would likely exacerbate the federal Medicaid spending cuts over the long run.

The Congressional Budget Office already estimates that the version of the legislation that the House Budget Committee approved recently would cut federal Medicaid spending...

Growing Share of Seniors Will Be 85 or Older
March 24, 2017

I’ve already explained that if the pending House bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) becomes law, plans that people buy on their own will be far skimpier — as bad as, or worse than, before the ACA.  That’s because the bill would eliminate the ACA’s essential...

March 24, 2017

Republicans argue that repealing the ten “essential health benefits” that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires every health plan to cover would simply allow states to make their own choices about what benefits to require. In practice, as we’ve explained, the House GOP...

Stethoscope and American Flag
March 24, 2017

Speaker Paul Ryan says the House Republican health bill would lower premiums by 10 percent, but that’s highly misleading.  It doesn’t mean that the price of your insurance plan would be lower, as Ryan implies.  In fact, people who wanted to keep the insurance plan that they have would face premium...

In Focus: House GOP Health Plan Would Raise Individual-Market Premiums