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The Ryan Budget in Context

May 5, 2014

Defending his budget’s $5 trillion in proposed cuts over the next decade, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan has noted that total federal spending would still be nearly $43 trillion over that period, implying that criticism of the cuts is...

Debating the Ryan Budget

April 30, 2014

Yesterday’s Washington Post cites CBPP’s finding that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget gets nearly 70 percent...

Senate Witness Misrepresents IRS Certification and Training for Tax Preparers

April 10, 2014

Legitimate disagreement in policy debates is part of what democracy is all about.  Gross misrepresentation is not.  And it’s particularly inappropriate when it comes before a congressional committee.

Yet that’s what occurred Tuesday when Dan Alban, a lawyer at a libertarian legal institute who brought the lawsuit that bars the IRS from attempting to rein in incompetent or unscrupulous...

Chairman Ryan’s Obfuscation: Part 2

April 10, 2014

I explained earlier today the hollowness of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s attempt to deny that his budget cuts low-income programs deeply.  Ryan’s defense was that since total federal...

Chairman Ryan’s Response to the Center’s Analysis Doesn’t Hold Water

April 10, 2014

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan took exception to our finding that 69 percent of the non-defense spending cuts in his new budget come from programs for people with low and moderate incomes.  But he makes no attempt to refute our...

Camp Plan Hits Many Working Poor Families Hard, Taking $2,000 From Minimum Wage Mother

February 27, 2014

House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp’s tax plan would produce winners and losers — and among the big losers are many families in which parents are struggling to raise their children on poverty wages.  A mother with two children who works full time at the minimum wage would lose about $2,000 a year when the plan is fully in effect in 2018 as compared to how she fares under current policies...

Don’t Forget What Happened When Obama First Proposed Chained CPI

February 24, 2014

Most media coverage of the President’s decision not to include the “chained CPI” for cost-of-living adjustments in Social Security and other retirement programs in his 2015 budget has left out a key point to understanding the announcement.

When the President was preparing his 2014 budget early last year, Republican...

Congress Must Not Break 40-Year Commitment to Let WIC Provide Most Nutritious Food

November 20, 2013

The potato industry and several senators are pressuring congressional negotiators on the farm bill to break a 40-year commitment that has ensured that foods provided by the WIC program reflect the best advice of nutrition scientists.  They want to require WIC to allow the low-income women and young children who participate to purchase white potatoes with their WIC benefits, which would crowd...

Remembering Tom Foley

October 18, 2013

A giant fell today.  Tom Foley — former House Speaker, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, and ambassador to Japan — and the man who, along with Senators George McGovern and Bob Dole, did more than any other lawmaker to build the modern food stamp program and thereby largely eliminate severe hunger and malnutrition in America — passed away.

In this era of political smallness,...

Ryan’s Proposal: More of What Got Us Here in the First Place

October 10, 2013

While some in the media are portraying Paul Ryan’s op-ed in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal as a breakthrough that offers hope of ending the impasse over the government shutdown...

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