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This week at CBPP, we focused on family income support, the federal budget and taxes, and food assistance.

  • On family income support, Liz Schott examined the effectiveness of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant as its 19th anniversary approaches on Saturday and she explained how Congress could improve the program.  We also updated our TANF chart book.
  • On the federal budget and taxes, Robert Greenstein warned that a Senate bill would impose onerous new paperwork requirements on millions of workers who file their own tax returns and claim certain tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit.
  • On food assistance, Brynne Keith-Jennings explained how limiting SNAP benefits for some able-bodied adults without dependents doesn’t boost employment.  We also updated our Community Eligibility Provision database.

CBPP’s Chart of the Week: Maximum TANF Benefits Leave Families Well Below the Federal Poverty Line (FPL)

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

Bumpy deficits, smoother ride: The historical evolution of budget deficits and growth rate
August 18, 2015

Social Security: Still Going Strong at Age 80
Real Clear Policy
August 15, 2015

Celebrating 80 Years of Social Security, a Promise to Keep
Huffington Post
August 14, 2015

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