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Policy Basics

Safety net programs, which include SNAP, unemployment benefits, and the Earned Income Tax Credit, have a significant impact in reducing poverty and promoting opportunity for millions of low-income Americans.

We educate policymakers, media, and others about safety net successes. We also analyze tax and spending proposals for their impact on the safety net and on the tens of millions of low-income individuals and families that rely on it to make ends meet.

Safety Net Cut Poverty Nearly in Half Last Year

Safety net programs cut the poverty rate nearly in half in 2015, lifting 38 million people — including 8 million children — above the poverty line, our analysis of Census data released yesterday...

Ryan and Block-Granting the Safety Net

House Speaker Paul Ryan called again today for combining many safety net programs into a mega-block grant to states.  As we explained when he made essentially the same proposal last year, this would...