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February 21, 2020 at 5:00 PM
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This week at CBPP, we focused on food assistance, the federal budget, federal taxes, state budgets and taxes, health, housing, Social Security, and the economy.

  • On food assistance, Dottie Rosenbaum and Zoë Neuberger reported that the President’s 2021 budget would cut food assistance for millions and radically restructure SNAP. We developed an infographic outlining the President’s plans to cut food assistance and access to school meals. Neuberger outlined how WIC agencies can simplify their certification practices to reach more eligible families.

  • On the federal budget, Ife Floyd described how the President’s budget would cut Temporary Assistance for Needy Families by $21 billion and impose harmful spending restrictions. We compiled a roundup of our analyses of the 2021 Trump budget proposals.

  • On federal taxes, Janne Huang listed resources to help gig workers understand their taxes.

  • On state budgets and taxes, Wesley Tharpe urged Georgia lawmakers to reject two risky tax plans to avoid harming essential services and the families they serve.

  • On health, we updated our explainer showing that the Administration’s stance in the suit to repeal the Affordable Care Act is in line with its health care agenda.

  • On housing, Douglas Rice highlighted how the President’s budget exposes the Administration’s empty rhetoric on homelessness and fair housing.

  • On Social Security, we updated our report showing that Social Security lifts more Americans above the poverty line than any other program.

  • On the economy, we updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available.

Chart of the Week — Homelessness Among Veterans Fell as Targeted Voucher Program Expanded

 

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

Trump’s Medicaid Chief Labels Medicaid ‘Mediocre.’ Is It?
Kaiser Health News/PolitiFact
February 21, 2020

Millions of Americans Have Moved Off Assistance. Does Trump Get Credit?
New York Times
February 20, 2020

New Trump Disability Rule Targets Non-English Speakers
HuffPost
February 20, 2020

Why aren’t more Americans working? Fed Chair Powell says blame education and drugs, not welfare.
Washington Post
February 15, 2020

‘On the brink’: Trump’s push for Medicaid transparency could worsen rural hospital crisis
NBC News
February 15, 2020

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