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Shortchanging the Census Would Shortchange Many Communities

July 31, 2017

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a 2018 funding bill that would dramatically underfund the Census Bureau and, in particular, the work needed to ensure that the constitutionally-required 2020 decennial census provides an accurate picture of every community in America. This underfunding could endanger the comprehensiveness and accuracy of the data that businesses, communities,...

One Reason Congress Should Adequately Fund the 2020 Census:

Census Funding in Crisis

June 28, 2017

Revised August 28th, 2017

Despite the need to ramp up preparations for the fast-approaching 2020 census, President Trump’s 2018 budget would boost funding for the Census Bureau by just 2 percent ($27 million) next year — far less than what’s needed to ensure a successful census. The House Appropriations Committee’s proposed...

Proposed Increase in 2018 Census Bureau Funding Far Less Than in Previous Decennial Census Cycles

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.

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