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July 26, 2019 at 3:45 PM
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This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget and taxes, food assistance, health, Social Security, and the economy.

  • On the federal budget and taxes, Robert Greenstein said a budget deal that policymakers reached would avert troubling threats and allow more adequate funding for key priorities. Chye-Ching Huang and Roderick Taylor analyzed how the federal tax code can better advance racial equity. Huang summarized the ways the tax code can do more to narrow racial gaps in income and wealth. Chuck Marr noted how the proposed Working Families Tax Relief Act would deliver childless adults in every state a larger Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and how the bill would also boost the EITC and Child Tax Credit for millions of people with disabilities.
  • On food assistance, Greenstein warned that a misguided Trump Administration rule would take basic food assistance from working families, seniors, and people with disabilities. Dottie Rosenbaum explained how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s “broad-based categorical eligibility” policy supports working families and those saving for the future.
  • On health, Sarah Lueck urged more states to protect their residents against skimpy short-term health plans. Tara Straw suggested states should act to avoid insurance market disruption and consumer confusion under a new Trump Administration rule.
  • On Social Security, Kathleen Romig listed six things millennials should know about the program. Romig described Social Security as a vital protection for African American people of all ages.
  • On the economy, we updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available.

Chart of the Week — 2017 Tax Law Gives White Households in Top 1 Percent More Than All Races in Bottom 60 Percent Combined

A variety of news outlets featured CBPP’S work and experts this week. Here are some of the highlights:

As homelessness crisis grows, the Trump administration has made few new efforts
Los Angeles Times
July 26, 2019

What my grandmother would have said about Trump’s food stamp proposal
Washington Post
July 25, 2019

Divided House Passes 2-Year Budget Deal to Raise Spending
New York Times
July 25, 2019

Lawmakers return to assess budget and debt agreement
Associated Press
July 23, 2019

3 Million Could Lose Food Stamp Benefits Under Trump Administration Proposal
NPR
July 23, 2019