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February 12, 2018

At a time when a historically high number of low-income households are struggling to pay rent and make ends meet, President Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposes the most radical retrenchment of federal aid for such families since the U.S. Housing Act was first enacted in 1937.

The Trump budget would slash aid that helps millions of low-income working families with children, seniors...

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February 9, 2018

When President Trump releases his 2019 budget on Monday, we should assess his proposed funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the extent to which it would expand or cut rental assistance to low-income individuals and families. We’ll be asking whether the budget:

February 9, 2018

Update, February 13: We’ve updated this post to reflect information in the President’s budget, released February 12.

A proposal from President Trump would raise rents by more than $2 billion per year on nearly 1.8 million low-income families with nearly 3 million children receiving rental...

February 7, 2018

Funding for non-defense appropriations would remain below its level of eight years ago in inflation-adjusted terms.

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January 24, 2018

More federal aid for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands’ Medicaid programs is essential to their recovery from Hurricanes Maria and Irma, as we explained here and...

December 18, 2017

As the congressional session draws to a close this week, policymakers face the important tasks of enacting appropriations bills for fiscal year 2018 that began on October 1, extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and other expired health programs, and providing vital disaster relief for communities hard hit by hurricanes and wildfires. But House Republican leaders are...

House GOP Would Abandon Years of Bipartisan, Equal Relief From Sequestration by Boosting Defense, Ignoring Non-Defense
December 8, 2017

Policymakers should raise the appropriations caps for 2018 and beyond to keep them from holding funding well below what’s needed to address important priorities. But policymakers must also ensure that any provisions to offset the cost of cap increases don’t cause harm — for example, by reducing health coverage or worsening poverty and hardship — and that the additional funding is...

December 5, 2017

Republican leaders have repeatedly said in recent weeks that after enacting a tax bill, they will turn to budget cuts.

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November 16, 2017

An estimated 25.5 million adults with a mental health condition didn't receive services of any kind in 2016. Yet federal funding for the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG), a key program providing services to adults...

November 13, 2017

When the President and Congress finalize program funding for fiscal year 2018, they should increase funding for three key Justice Department grants that help states reduce recidivism and improve the corrections system: the Second Chance Act, the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, and the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program.  While these programs have strong...

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