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Off the Charts will take a break over the Thanksgiving weekend, but we’ll be back on our regular schedule on Monday.  To mark the Thanksgiving holiday, we ran a short series this week on some of the hardships that many American families face and the programs that help them make ends meet and improve their lives.

  • Douglas Rice explained that many American children won’t have a safe, stable home this holiday season, in part due to inadequate funding and significant cuts to federal rental assistance programs.
  • Brynne Keith-Jennings noted that the need for food assistance remains high and that SNAP (formerly food stamps) helps millions of families afford an adequate diet.
  • Stacy Dean explained why states and localities should redouble efforts to connect eligible people to safety-net programs like SNAP and Medicaid.

This week, we released a paper on why the emerging “tax extenders” package in Congress marks a significant step backward on several key issues facing the nation.  We also updated our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession.

CBPP’s Chart of the Week – From Our Report on Tax Extenders


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

White House threatens to veto tax deal
November 25, 2014

Obama Threatens To Veto Corporate Tax Cut Deal For Locking Out Middle Class
Huffington Post
November 25, 2014

The University of California just jacked up its tuition. Why your state could be next.
November 21, 2014