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New USDA Guidance Clarifies States’ P-EBT Flexibility to Mitigate Child Hunger

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 02/04/2021 - 5:01pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued new guidance late last week to help states implement Pandemic EBT (P-EBT), which provides federally funded grocery benefits to replace the meals that children are missing when they’re not attending school or child care. It’s an important tool to reduce the staggering number of children not getting enough to eat.

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Next Relief Package Must Be Large Enough to Fight Virus, Relieve Hardship

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 02/04/2021 - 2:45pm

As policymakers debate the scope of the next federal response to COVID-19 and the economic crisis, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected a stronger recovery than it projected in July of 2020 — partly due to previous relief legislation — but highlighted the challenges to a full recovery. Without further fiscal relief, CBO projected, the economy won’t reach its full-capacity potential until 2025.

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Budget Resolution Marks Important Step Toward Urgently Needed COVID Relief

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 02/03/2021 - 1:59pm

The House and Senate this week are considering the budget resolution for fiscal year 2021, a first step toward enacting much-needed COVID relief using the fast-track “reconciliation” process for high-priority fiscal legislation. The budget provides for a relief package costing up to $1.9 trillion and instructs various committees to craft the necessary legislation. Quickly advancing COVID relief legislation scaled to the challenges the nation faces isn’t just appropriate; it’s essential.

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States Should Decouple From New Federal Tax Break for PPP Loans

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 02/03/2021 - 10:27am

A new federal tax break for businesses receiving federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans could also give these businesses a new state tax break in many states unless the state acts to prevent it, as some are considering. That wouldn’t mean a “tax increase on small businesses,” despite media stories and state business lobby claims to the contrary.

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Gonzales: Biden’s Immigration Action Reflects Vision of Our Nation as One That Welcomes Immigrants

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 02/02/2021 - 1:10pm
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CBPP today released a statement from Shelby Gonzales, Director of Immigration Policy, on President Biden’s announcement regarding the “public charge” rule:

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Gonzales: La Acción sobre Inmigración de Biden Refleja la Visión de Nuestra Nación como Una que da la Bienvenida a los Inmigrantes

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 02/02/2021 - 1:06pm

Las acciones que va a tomar el presidente Biden hoy representan un paso importante para garantizar que los Estados Unidos, nuevamente, les dé la bienvenida a personas que desean construir una vida en este país. También garantizan que los inmigrantes y familiares que ya estén aquí puedan acceder a cuidado médico y otros servicios vitales.

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States to Get Enhanced Medicaid Funding Through 2021

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 02/01/2021 - 3:43pm

The Biden Administration intends to keep the national Public Health Emergency (PHE) in place through “at least” 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services recently told governors, and that has important implications for states.

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Additional Funding Needed for Legal Service Corporation

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 02/01/2021 - 2:25pm

Policymakers should provide at least $100 million in additional funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) for this fiscal year in the face of rising need, which would help low-income people cope with urgent legal problems arising from COVID-19 and the resulting economic crisis.

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Letter: Economic Think Tank Leaders Urge Policymakers to Pass Robust COVID Relief to Control the Virus, Address Hardship, Boost Economy

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 02/01/2021 - 11:26am

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
H-232, The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
S-221, The Capitol
Washington, DC 20510

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
H-204, The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
S-230, The Capitol
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, and Leader McCarthy:

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For Struggling Renters: Housing Vouchers for All Who Need Them

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 02/01/2021 - 10:03am

Policymakers can best help renters afford stable housing during the current crisis and beyond by making Housing Choice Vouchers available to more low-income people — and ultimately to all households that need them, as President Biden has proposed.

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In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/29/2021 - 4:14pm

This week at CBPP, we focused on poverty and inequality, food assistance, health, family income support, housing, federal taxes, and the economy.

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Gaps in Economic Support for Non-Elderly Adults Without Children Continue to Leave Millions in Poverty, Data Show

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/29/2021 - 3:03pm

Non-elderly adults without children, one of the largest demographic groups in the United States, are left out of many economic and health security programs that are effective at reducing poverty and expanding access to health coverage for other groups.

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Executive Summary: A Frayed and Fragmented System of Supports for Low-Income Adults Without Minor Children

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 01/28/2021 - 2:08pm

The nation’s basic supports for low-income, non-elderly adults without children are weak, fragmented, and often highly restrictive, leaving many of these individuals without help they need to afford the basics.

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Food Assistance in President Biden’s COVID Relief Plan Would Reduce Hardship, Provide Economic Stimulus

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 01/28/2021 - 12:42pm

The American Rescue Plan, the emergency relief proposal that President Biden announced in mid-January and that Congress will begin considering soon, includes key investments to mitigate high levels of hunger and hardship.

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Biden Directs Federal Agencies to Reconsider Trump Policy Under Which Thousands Lost Medicaid Coverage

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 01/28/2021 - 10:23am

The Biden Administration today released an executive order directing federal agencies to “reconsider rules and other policies that limit Americans’ access to health care and consider actions that will protect and strengthen that access.” The order specifically requires the Department of Health and Human Services to re-examine a Trump Administration policy encouraging states to take Medicaid

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This Year, EITC Awareness Is Even More Essential

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 01/28/2021 - 10:07am

Tomorrow, January 29, is the 15th annual Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day, a time to bring attention to the EITC’s benefits and help more eligible people claim it. That’s all the more important this year, as families struggle with the hardship caused by COVID-19 and the deep recession.

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Hardship Remains High, Latest Census Data Show

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 01/27/2021 - 5:40pm

Hardship remains high across the board although some measures halted their upward trend in early January, Census data released today show. Millions of people report that their household didn’t get enough to eat, isn’t caught up on rent, or struggled to cover usual expenses. While the relief package enacted in December amidst surging hardship and a stalling recovery will provide important help to many people, another substantial stimulus and relief package is needed to address ongoing hardship and extend key provisions of the December package that will expire in coming months.

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Economic Security Programs Reduce Overall Poverty, Racial and Ethnic Inequities

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 01/27/2021 - 3:15pm

While government programs have done much to narrow these disparities in poverty, further progress will require stronger government efforts to reduce poverty and discrimination and build opportunity for all.

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A Frayed and Fragmented System of Supports for Low-Income Adults Without Minor Children

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 01/26/2021 - 11:18pm

The nation’s basic supports for low-income, non-elderly adults without children are weak, fragmented, and often highly restrictive, leaving many of these individuals without help they need to afford the basics.

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