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Government Programs Kept Millions Out of Poverty in 2010

September 13, 2011

Though grim in many respects, the Census data released this morning show that poverty and hardship would have been far worse in 2010 if not for key programs such as unemployment insurance, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), food stamps, and Medicaid. The new figures send a powerful message to policymakers as they consider major changes in these programs this fall.

The Most Terrifying Result of the Debt Ceiling Crisis

August 2, 2011

The most terrifying result of the debt ceiling crisis is not the deal itself — with its tight discretionary caps, its special joint committee that Republicans already are saying they won’t allow to raise any revenues, and its potential for arbitrary across-the-board cuts. Instead, it’s the precedent that Republican congressional leaders say the crisis has established.

Boehner Plan Dumps Long-Standing Protection for the Poor

July 28, 2011

Yesterday’s Washington Post described an important and welcome development: a coalition of Christian groups is urging the President and Congress to shield poor people from budget cuts in the debt-ceiling debate and other deficit-reduction packages.

Clarifying Some Misunderstandings about the “Gang of Six” Plan

July 19, 2011

Some of the early reporting on the deficit reduction plan that the Senate’s “Gang of Six” released today appears to have incorrectly or incompletely described two principal elements of the plan: its reductions in health care programs and its revenue increases.

Bob Greenstein Discusses Economy on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal”

June 10, 2011

Robert Greenstein, the Center’s President, and Kevin Hassett, Senior Fellow and Director of Economic Policy Studies at the America Enterprise Institute, discussed job creation and the economic recovery on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal this morning.

Bob Greenstein Discusses the Federal Budget with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell

April 22, 2011

Yesterday, Bob Greenstein discussed President Obama’s deficit reduction plan, the House GOP budget, and the ongoing debt limit debate on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”

Bob Greenstein Discusses the President's Deficit Reduction Plan with MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell

April 14, 2011

Last night, Bob Greenstein discussed the details of President Obama’s deficit reduction plan on MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell”

Bob Greenstein Discusses the Federal Debt Limit Debate with MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell

April 12, 2011

Bob Greenstein discusses the ongoing federal debt limit debate with Lawrence O’Donnell last night on MSNBC’s "The Last Word."

Bob Greenstein Discusses the Federal Budget with MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell

April 7, 2011

Bob Greenstein discusses the ongoing federal budget debate with Lawrence O’Donnell last night on MSNBC’s "The Last Word."

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Robert Greenstein Discusses Ryan Budget on MSNBC’s “The Last Word”

April 5, 2011

Yesterday, Robert Greenstein appeared on MSNBC’s “ “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” to discuss House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget.

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