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House Labor-Education-HHS Funding Bill a Welcome Break From Years of Disinvestment

May 2, 2019

The House Appropriations subcommittee-approved fiscal 2020 funding bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education includes sensible, well-targeted investments in key areas such as child care and Head Start, job training, K-12 education, Social Security operations, and family planning, after years of disinvestment or underfunding. Even with these increases,...

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Congress Moves Toward Costly Tax Cuts, Setting Stage for Deep Budget Cuts

October 26, 2017

With the House adopting the Senate-passed budget resolution today, Congress has now set in motion a fast-track process to facilitate costly, ill-conceived tax cuts that will swell deficits by $1.5 trillion over the next decade. As Robert Greenstein notes in a ...

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Trump Plans Big Cut in Domestic Programs

February 27, 2017

President Trump’s plans to raise defense funding by $54 billion in 2018 and cut non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending — which funds key priorities like education and job training, clean water, scientific and medical research, veterans’ medical care, and homeland security — by the same amount would lower NDD funding by 11 percent below this year’s level. 


Families With Children Gained in 2013, But Poverty Still Higher and Incomes Lower Than Pre-Recession

September 16, 2014

The child poverty rate fell from 21.8 percent in 2012 to 19.9 percent in 2013 in the first statistically significant one-year drop in child poverty since 2000, according to new data released by the Census Bureau today.  While the poverty rate among children remained well above the 2000 level, when it was 16.2 percent, the improvement in 2013 is welcome news that the economic recovery has...

Rubio Proposal to Replace EITC Would Likely Come at Expense of Working-Poor Families with Children

January 9, 2014

We’ve explained that Senator Marco Rubio’s proposal to convert federal safety net programs into a mega-block grant would weaken the safety net.  His wage supplement proposal is seriously flawed as well:  it would help low-income childless workers — an important goal — but likely...

Rubio Block-Grant Proposal Would Weaken Safety Net, Not Strengthen It

January 9, 2014

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) spoke eloquently yesterday about the aspirations of people living in poverty, but his proposals would represent a significant step backward in efforts to reduce poverty — weakening the safety net for low-income children, seniors,...

Recognizing the War on Poverty’s Successes — and the Work That Remains

January 7, 2014

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty tomorrow, we’ve issued a new chart book and a commentary explaining the progress we’ve made in fighting poverty, the success of the safety net, and the factors that have kept poverty from...

Pursuing “Flexibility” Over Replacing Sequestration Is a Distraction — or Worse

November 12, 2013

Many policymakers want to give the President one of Congress’s preeminent powers — to decide how to spend federal funds — so he can shift sequestration cuts from one program to another in hopes of avoiding some of sequestration’s worst effects.  Yet these “flexibility” proposals, which some policymakers want to include in current budget negotiations, can’t solve the two basic problems that the...

Why the Shutdown Needs to End

October 11, 2013

House Republicans unveiled a plan yesterday to raise (or suspend) the debt ceiling for six weeks but leave the government shutdown in place, raising the specter that the shutdown could continue for weeks — maybe all the way until November 22, the GOP’s proposed new debt limit deadline.  There is growing support among policymakers on both sides of the aisle to reopen the government — and here’s...

Budgeting by Headlines Isn’t the Way to Run the Government

October 4, 2013

The House leadership’s piecemeal approach to temporarily fund politically sensitive programs — the third installment of which will take place in the House today — is no way to govern.  It’s a fig leaf, leaving large swaths of the federal government closed as the government shutdown reaches day four today.  The House should reject this approach.

Today’s episode will feature two bills —...