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January 3, 2017

With the 115th Congress convening today, CBPP President Robert Greenstein’s Washington Post op-ed explains that GOP leaders will likely pursue radical changes in core safety net programs this year and shrink other important programs for low- and moderate-income people.

Dollar and Columns
September 23, 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) called on policymakers this week to do more for children’s health and development — and some of its strongest words concerned not health care but families’ economic security and opportunity.

“When a family lacks access to steady income, stable housing, adequate nutrition, and social and emotional support, it threatens the future of children and...

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June 27, 2016

We’ve compiled CBPP’s analyses and blog posts to date on the poverty and health care proposals that Speaker Paul Ryan and other House Republican leaders released this month. 

Commentary: House GOP’s Attention to Poverty Is Welcome, But Plan Is...
Dollar and Columns
June 20, 2016

Just two weeks after House Republicans released their poverty plan with the principle that all “should have the chance to make the most of our lives” and “break free” from poverty, they’ve proposed legislation that would do the opposite.  Among other impacts, the bill, scheduled...

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June 15, 2016

The House GOP poverty plan would eliminate Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for 1.3 million severely disabled...

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May 31, 2016

Eduardo Porter’s New York Times column, “Why a Universal Basic Income Will Not Solve Poverty,” cites CBPP President Robert...

Money House
April 12, 2016

Nearly 3,800 public housing agencies (PHAs) across the country provide federally funded rental assistance to 3.2 million families through the Housing Choice Voucher and...

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March 11, 2016

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote March 31 on a new proposal from the FCC’s chairman and a fellow commissioner to expand broadband Internet access among low-income households.  It would modernize FCC’s “Lifeline” program, which provides low-income households with monthly subsidies to help...

Stock Market
November 17, 2015

Update, November 18:  We’ve updated this post to add a second video clip of the forum.

CBPP’s recent forum, “Poverty and Place: A Dialogue on the Role of Neighborhoods in Persistent Poverty and the Implications for Policy,” featured a presentation by Harvard economist Raj Chetty of his two groundbreaking studies (first video clip below), a talk with Office of Management and...

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September 2, 2015

With poverty in the news — including a major new book on the rise of extreme poverty and the Census Bureau’s upcoming release of the latest poverty figures — our...

Correcting for Underreporting Shows Even Bigger Safety Net Impact

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