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This week on Off the Charts, we focused on health care, housing, the federal budget and taxes, and the safety net.

  • On health care, Edwin Park rebutted an attack on health reform’s “risk corridor” program. Matt Broaddus pointed to a new survey showing that low-income adults favor expanding Medicaid. Jesse Cross-Call described how states can help veterans by expanding Medicaid and explained that Congress can sustain gains in children’s health coverage by renewing the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
  • On housing, Will Fischer pointed out that rental assistance helps over 340,000 veterans afford housing and has contributed to recent progress in reducing homelessness among veterans. Douglas Rice detailed the impact of sequestration cuts on the number of low-income families with housing vouchers.
  • On the federal budget and taxes, Chuck Marr explained that letting key provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit expire would push millions of people into poverty. Chye-Ching Huang clarified the differences between a repatriation tax holiday and a transition tax on offshore profits.
  • On the safety net, we summarized data showing that the safety net helps many low-income veterans and active-duty members of the military make ends meet.

This week, we released papers on how sequestration has affected the number of available housing vouchers, how SNAP (food stamps) helps struggling veterans and their families, and why letting key provisions of working-family tax credits expire would push millions into poverty. We also updated our report explaining why the “bonus depreciation” tax break should remain expired, our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession, and our paper on how rental assistance helps veterans afford homes.

CBPP’s Chart of the Week – From our special Veterans’ Day report:


A variety of news outlets featured CBPP’s work and experts recently. Here are some highlights:

Report: Millions hurt if family tax breaks expire
The Hill
November 12, 2014

When 'Big Government' Works
U.S. News & World Report
November 11, 2014

Congress should expand rental aid for veterans, budget group says
The Hill
November 10, 2014

This Boehner/McConnell Obamacare 'fix' could hurt millions of Americans
Los Angeles Times
November 7, 2014

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