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President’s 2021 Budget Would Cut Food Assistance for Millions and Radically Restructure SNAP

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 11:06am

President Trump’s 2021 budget proposes to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) by more than $180 billion — nearly 30 percent — over the next ten years by radically restructuring how benefits are delivered, taking SNAP away from millions of adults who are not working more than 20 hours a week, and reducing benefits for many other households.[1] The budget also includes two proposals to curtail students’ access to free and reduced-price school meals.

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Risky Tax Plans Threaten Harm to Georgia Families, Core Services

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 8:26am

Georgia started its legislative session facing possible cuts in key services due to a budget crisis, but lawmakers are nevertheless considering a pair of risky tax plans that would make the crisis even worse. The legislature should reject both tax packages to avoid any further harm to essential services and the families they serve.

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In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 4:11pm

This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget, federal taxes, and the economy.

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Medicare in the 2021 Trump Budget

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 4:42pm

President Trump’s 2021 budget proposes about $500 billion in net Medicare spending reductions over ten years (see table), most of which would come from reducing payments to health care providers and not affect beneficiaries directly.

For the most part, the budget does not reflect the President’s efforts to end the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or his executive order calling for various Medicare changes. These policies, which a budget would typically include, would weaken Medicare in several ways.

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President’s Budget Would Hurt People With Disabilities

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 5:17pm

President Trump’s 2021 budget would make it harder for millions of people with disabilities to afford such basics as food, housing, and health care by cutting tens of billions of dollars from disability programs, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

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Trump’s Budget Threatens States and Their Residents

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 4:53pm

President Trump’s 2021 budget would slice federal aid to state and local governments that provides health care, K-12 education, and more.

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Trump Budget Would Hurt Older Americans

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 2:56pm

Older Americans are among the many groups that President Trump’s proposed 2021 budget would seriously harm. While running for president, Trump repeatedly promised not to cut Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid, which serve tens of millions of seniors — and he made a similar promise at his State of the Union just last week.

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Stronger Working-Family Tax Credits Can Help Puerto Rico Bounce Back

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 11:17am

Several bills in Congress, including the Economic Mobility Act that the House Ways and Means Committee approved last summer and the earthquake disaster package that the House passed last week, would give a significant boost to Puerto Rico’s low- and moderate-income families by strengthening the Commonwealth’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the federal Child Tax Credit as it applies to Puerto Rico residents. Those changes would provide important help to Puerto Rico in navigating a complicated recovery process that involves much more than natural disasters.

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President’s “Health Reform Vision”: $1 Trillion in Cuts, No Plan to Protect People With Pre-Existing Conditions

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 02/11/2020 - 4:40pm

For months, the Administration has promised that it has a plan for Americans’ health care if it wins its lawsuit seeking to eliminate the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Depletion of IRS Enforcement Is Undermining the Tax Code

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 02/11/2020 - 10:30am

Testimony of Chye-Ching Huang, Senior Director for Economic Policy, CBPP, before the House Ways and Means Committee

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2021 Trump Budget Would Increase Hardship and Inequality

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 02/10/2020 - 6:29pm

President Trump’s 2021 budget, released today, would increase the ranks of the uninsured, severely cut basic assistance for low-income families, and cut an array of other non-defense programs, while investing relatively little in our nation’s infrastructure.

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President’s Paid Leave Proposal Would Push Costs to States, Produce Stark Disparities

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 02/10/2020 - 3:32pm

While President Trump claims that paid family leave is a “priority,” the paid leave proposal in his 2021 budget would likely prevent many workers — particularly low-income workers — from accessing paid leave when they need it.

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Greenstein: President Trump’s 2021 Budget Would Widen Country’s Divisions

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 02/10/2020 - 3:00pm

In the face of a bitterly divided country that needs healing, President Trump today threw gasoline on the fire.

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In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 4:26pm

This week at CBPP, we focused on health, the federal budget, food assistance, federal taxes, the economy, family income support, and Social Security.

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Five Things to Look for in the President’s 2021 Budget

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 02/06/2020 - 3:50pm

 President Trump’s budget, to be released February 10, will provide a roadmap of the types of policies his Administration will try to pursue this year.

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Non-Defense Programs Face Tight Funding in 2021

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 02/06/2020 - 3:10pm

Funding will be quite tight in 2021 for non-defense appropriations relative to the levels those programs received in 2020.

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Corporation-Friendly Treasury Regulations Reducing Federal Revenues

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 02/06/2020 - 1:15pm

Certain Treasury Department regulations implementing the 2017 tax law’s international tax provisions are more generous than scorekeepers previously anticipated.

 

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The Trump Administration’s Medicaid Block Grant Guidance: Frequently Asked Questions

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 02/06/2020 - 12:51pm

The proposed waivers are a lose-lose proposition for people with Medicaid and for states. They waivers would worsen people’s health by taking away coverage and reducing access to care.

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Adopting a State-Based Health Insurance Marketplace Poses Risks and Challenges

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 02/05/2020 - 5:05pm

While establishing a state-based marketplace (SBM) presents important opportunities, it isn’t necessarily the right move for every state.

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Earthquakes Highlight Puerto Rico’s Inadequate Access to Nutrition Assistance

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 02/05/2020 - 5:02pm

Puerto Rico’s ongoing wait for federal policymakers to provide vital emergency funding in the aftermath of recent powerful earthquakes highlights a larger problem: Puerto Rico receives capped annual funding for its Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) that doesn’t enable the program to meet increased need, and disaster nutrition assistance for the Commonwealth must go through an often contentious legislative process in Washington.

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