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Trump’s Pro-Worker Rhetoric – and Anti-Worker Agenda

August 30, 2017

As Labor Day approaches, my CBPP colleagues Jared Bernstein and Ben Spielberg detail in the Washington Post how — notwithstanding his pro-worker rhetoric — President Trump is pursuing an agenda that at nearly every turn would undercut...

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Previewing the House GOP Budget Plan

July 17, 2017

Updated 7:45pm EST. 

The House Budget Committee is moving forward with a 2018 budget plan that will set a fiscal framework for budget, tax, and appropriations bills to follow and for years to come. The budget resolution may well lay out a harsh long-term vision that will mean a further weakening of health care; far less help to families struggling to afford the...

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Contrary to President’s Rhetoric This Week, His Budget Undercuts Workforce Development

June 13, 2017

President Trump is expected to argue this week that he prioritizes workforce development but, as we’ve detailed here and here, his budget consistently and...

Grants to States for Job Training, Already One-Fifth Below 2010 Level, Would Fall Dramatically Under Trump Budget

Trump Proposes Immediate, Severe Cuts to Low- and Moderate-Income Programs — They Then Get Far Worse

June 2, 2017

The deep cuts that President Trump’s budget proposes to low- and moderate-income programs — the deepest such cuts that any modern President has ever proposed — not only would have severe consequences for health care, housing, job training, and other programs in their...

Trump Budget's Cuts to Programs for Low- and Moderate-Income People Deepen Over Time

The Myth of the Exploding Safety Net

May 22, 2017

Total spending for mandatory federal low-income programs outside health care is only modestly above its average over the past 40 years. 

In Focus: Low-Income Mandatory Expenditures Outside Health Care Will Fall Below Average of Last 40 Years

Trump Plans Big Federal Workforce Cuts, But Workforce Already at Record Lows, Undermining Basic Services

March 14, 2017

President Trump plans to propose large cuts in the number of federal employees, news reports suggest, even though...

Civilian Federal Employment at Historically Low Level

Even Before Trump Cut, U.S. Lags Comparable Countries In Providing Development Aid

February 28, 2017

President Trump’s plan to cut foreign aid and development assistance deeply to help pay for higher defense spending is unwarranted: the relatively modest U.S. spending on Official Development Assistance (ODA) — which comprises most U.S. foreign aid — already lags...

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State Data on Safety Net’s Impact, in One Place

August 29, 2016

We’ve posted a spreadsheet, courtesy of our Excel whiz Rebecca Portman, with all the data that we used in our new state fact sheets on the safety net’s impact.  It contains information for every...

In Focus: Safety Net State Fact Sheets

The Safety Net’s Impact: A State-by-State Look

August 2, 2016

Our new state-by-state fact sheets on the safety net’s impact show that, in every state, programs assisting low-income Americans lift large numbers of people above the poverty line and provide health coverage to a large share of children.  The fact sheets illustrate that:

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In Focus: Safety Net State Fact Sheets

House Bill Would Undercut FCC Effort to Promote Upward Mobility

June 20, 2016

Just two weeks after House Republicans released their poverty plan with the principle that all “should have the chance to make the most of our lives” and “break free” from poverty, they’ve proposed legislation that would do the opposite.  Among other impacts, the bill, scheduled...