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Census: SNAP Lifted 4 Million People Out of Poverty in 2012 and Reduced Hardship for Millions More

September 17, 2013

SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) lifted 4 million people above the official poverty line in 2012, according to new data that the Census Bureau released today.  That’s the highest level on record (see chart).  (Census doesn’t adjust its data for...

Sharon Parrott

Senior Vice President for Federal Policy and Program Development

Four Tests of Budget and Debt-Limit Deals

September 10, 2013

Congress returns to work this week with the House and Senate far apart on setting funding levels for fiscal year 2014 and on raising the debt ceiling to pay for spending that Congress has already approved.  In all likelihood, policymakers will avoid a government shutdown and a default on the nation’s financial obligations, our new...

Sharon Parrott

Senior Vice President for Federal Policy and Program Development

Cato’s Fundamentally Flawed Analysis

August 22, 2013

The Cato Institute released a report this week that argues that people on “welfare” are better off than low-income working families.  In reality, that couldn’t be further from the truth, as we explain in our recent commentary.

Cato’s analysis makes two fundamental errors:

  • It substantially overstates
  • ...
Sharon Parrott

Senior Vice President for Federal Policy and Program Development

Senate Appropriations Bill Shows Benefits of Replacing Sequestration

July 11, 2013

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the 2014 appropriations bill today for the Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services (HHS), one of 12 appropriations bills Congress is supposed to enact before the fiscal year starts October 1.  The bill shows that policymakers can make modest, targeted investments in key areas like early education and medical research without...

Sharon Parrott

Senior Vice President for Federal Policy and Program Development

Senate Appropriations Plan Wisely Says No to Sequestration

June 26, 2013

Our new report on the Senate Appropriations Committee’s spending plan, along with our recent report on the House Appropriations Committee plan, help explain why the two chambers are on...

Sharon Parrott

Senior Vice President for Federal Policy and Program Development

Why the FAA Vote Isn’t a Model for Dealing with Sequestration

May 2, 2013

Congress’ vote to allow the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to shift funds away from other areas to pay air traffic controllers has revived questions about whether this approach can solve the many other problems associated with the sequestration budget cuts.

It can’t.

Shifting funds from airport infrastructure upgrades to day-to-day operations is not a “free lunch” — it...

Sharon Parrott

Senior Vice President for Federal Policy and Program Development

Congress Addresses Flight Delays But Leaves Other Sequestration Problems Unsolved

April 26, 2013

Responding to highly publicized flight delays from the “sequestration” budget cuts, the House and Senate have voted overwhelmingly to allow the Transportation Department to shift some airport infrastructure funding to pay air traffic controllers.  To be sure, delays in air travel inconvenience travelers and harm the economy.  But many other sequestration-related cuts that receive much less...

Sharon Parrott

Senior Vice President for Federal Policy and Program Development

Ryan Budget Would Make Safety Net Less Effective in Promoting and Supporting Work

March 22, 2013

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan says the safety net doesn’t do enough to promote work, but his budget — which gets nearly two-thirds of its $5 trillion in non-defense cuts from low- and moderate-income programs — proposes deep cuts in the very programs that help...

Sharon Parrott

Senior Vice President for Federal Policy and Program Development

Sequestration’s Impact: It’s Real

February 25, 2013

Some skeptics have downplayed the impact of impending across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration, arguing that federal spending will remain high and growing even if the cuts take...

Sharon Parrott

Senior Vice President for Federal Policy and Program Development

Reality Doesn’t Match Rhetoric on Low-Income Program Spending

January 14, 2013

“Under the current administration, we have . . . seen an explosion in the spending for welfare programs,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor claimed in support of a new, House-passed rule requiring the annual budget resolution to detail past and projected growth of entitlement programs and propose reforms to them.  The rule will “allow...

Sharon Parrott

Senior Vice President for Federal Policy and Program Development

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