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CBPP Didn’t Propose Job Guarantee Program

May 29, 2018

A May 28 Washington Post article, which it later updated, incorrectly stated that the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has proposed a $543 billion job guarantee program....

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DACA Relief Can’t Wait Until March 5

January 17, 2018

There’s a widespread misunderstanding about when President Trump’s withdrawal of DACA status for young immigrants will put them at risk of deportation. Even some key policymakers assume that nothing bad will happen until March 5, and, thus, there’s no pressing need for policymakers to act before then. But that’s not the case, and policymakers should act expeditiously to protect these...


Misguided Child Tax Credit Measure Would Hurt 1 Million Low-Income Children

October 6, 2017

Proponents say it's an anti-abuse measure.  In fact, it’s a significant roll-back in eligibility for the tax credit.

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Consistent With Our Values, Congress Should Protect Young Undocumented Immigrants

September 27, 2017

Since announcing that it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Administration has taken contradictory positions: It has claimed without evidence that DACA’s reprieve from deportation for young undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children harms the job prospects of native born Americans, but it also has pressed Congress to enact a DACA-like...

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House ACA Repeal Bill Would Be Largest Robin-Hood-in-Reverse Transfer in Modern U.S. History

April 4, 2017

The Trump Administration and House Republicans are reportedly discussing a deal to revive the House GOP leadership’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill — the American Health Care...

House GOP Health Plan: Cuts Assistance for Low- and Moderate-Income People; Cuts Taxes for the Wealthy and Medical Industries

New Trump Budget Proposals Belie Talking Points on “Poorest and Most Vulnerable Communities”

February 27, 2017

“The President,” according to White House talking points on his speech to Congress tomorrow night, “will reach out to Americans living in the poorest and most vulnerable communities, and let them know that help is on the way.” Really?


House GOP Vows to Fight Poverty, but Its Budget Would Eviscerate Anti-Poverty Spending

June 7, 2016

The House Republicans’ new poverty plan is silent on the discrepancy between its call to fight poverty and the House GOP’s own budget priorities. Those budget priorities, however, are unmistakable – they would cut programs for low- and modest-income people dramatically. The potential for massive cuts in key safety net programs only grows when you also consider the huge tax cuts that...

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Strengthening SNAP a “Smart Public Investment”

April 29, 2016

“Alleviating food insecurity is not only a moral imperative; it also makes good economic sense,” former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and Hamilton Project Director Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach explained this week in the Wall Street Journal.  I couldn’t agree more.

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Congress Should Reject Misguided Child Tax Credit Measure

March 14, 2016

The House Ways and Means Committee will vote this week on a proposal to deny the Child Tax Credit to low-income working families that file their taxes with an Individual Tax Identification Number (or ITIN) rather than a Social Security number.  Proponents say it’s an anti-abuse measure, but it’s really a substantial cut in eligibility for the credit that would take the credit away from several...


Ryan and Block-Granting the Safety Net

December 3, 2015

House Speaker Paul Ryan called again today for combining many safety net programs into a mega-block grant to states.  As we explained...

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