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This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget and taxes, housing, and Social Security Disability Insurance.

  • On the federal budget and taxes, Isaac Shapiro explained that non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending is headed toward a historic low as a percent of the economy even if policymakers provide sequestration relief.  Additionally, we co-hosted a tweet chat with NDD United about how tight annual caps on NDD funding make it hard to meet an array of national needs.
  • On housing, Will Fischer highlighted research showing that housing vouchers reduce hardship and provide a platform for long-term gains among children.  Douglas Rice called on policymakers to restore the rest of the vouchers cut by sequestration.
  • On Disability Insurance, Bryann DaSilva listed ten things you should know about the program.  He also noted that it provides modest but critical benefits to the few young workers who have disabilities so severe that they can qualify.

Chart of the Week: Sequestration Relief Would Undo Only Part of Budget Cuts

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

Ben Bernanke is Fed Up
U.S. News & World Report
October 9, 2015

Maine Governor Revives Old Rule To Punish Poor People For Saving Money
Think Progress
October 6, 2015

These states spend more on prisons than colleges
Washington Post
October 5, 2015

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