Budget and Appropriations
CLASP engages in analysis and advocacy to ensure funding for effective programs that improve the lives of low-income people.
FEDERAL BUDGET: CLASP advocates to influence and analyzes the President's budget and advocates before the House and Senate Budget Committees as they consider the budget resolution.
LABOR, HHS AND EDUCATION APPROPRIATION BILLS: CLASP analyzes various appropriations provisions that affect key program for low-income people and advocates before the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to ensure adequate funding for these programs.
LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION APPROPRIATON BILL: CLASP analyzes the LSC section of the Commerce, Justice, Senate and Related Agencies Appropriations' Bills and advocates for increased funding for LSC and the removal of appropriation restrictions on LSC funds.
Resources & Publications
- Nov 08, 2013 | Olivia Golden Recommendations to the Congressional Budget Conference Committee CLASP offers recommendations to the Congressional Budget Conference Committee, including ending sequestration and defending core programs for low-income people.
- Oct 18, 2013 | Elizabeth Lower-Basch and Tom Salyers The Federal Government is Open Again Thanks to Congress passing and President Obama signing H.R. 2775, the government was able to re-open October 17 after a 16-day partial shutdown. This fact sheet describes the headlines of what H.R. 2775 does.
- Oct 18, 2013 | Olivia Golden The Real Costs of the Federal Shutdown Even as we celebrate the resumption of federal operations, we need to look closely at the true costs of start-and-stop government, including the damage it does to high-quality, reliable, and effective public services. When you tally the real costs this way, they add up to far more than the short-term economic losses for families and communities.
- Oct 10, 2013 | Tom Salyers What the Federal Government Shutdown Means to Low-Income People A CLASP Q&A: How a partial federal government shutdown affects programs that support low-income families and individuals.
- Oct 09, 2013 | Olivia Golden Why Cherry-Picking Programs to Fund is No Way to Govern Piecemeal solutions to the federal government shutdown just will not work, because families that use Head Start and WIC also need what all the rest of us need: USDA inspectors on the job to make sure food is safe, CDC public health experts monitoring flu infections, scientists finding the next breakthrough in health, worker safety experts at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration protecting us on-the-job, and all the rest of the work of the federal government. The effort by the leadership in the House to cherry-pick certain programs for funding while neglecting to act on the overall budget is a dangerous precedent and an ineffective way to govern.
- Oct 01, 2013 | Hannah Matthews Impact of Government Shutdown On Child Care and Early Education Programs Congress did not enact a continuing resolution bill by midnight September 30, thereby triggering a partial government shutdown effective October 1. We hope that most child care and early education programs will continue operating as usual, but that will depend on how long the shutdown lasts and the circumstances of individual states.
- Oct 01, 2013 | Elizabeth Lower-Basch Options for Continuing TANF Benefits and Services in the Absence of an Extension of Federal Funding Congress did not enact a continuing resolution bill by midnight September 30, 2013 thereby triggering a partial government shutdown. The federal authorizing legislation for TANF also expired on September 30 and therefore no FY 2014 block grant funds are available today. States have options that will allow them to continue to provide TANF-funded benefits and services without interruption, at least for some period of time, and should do so in order to avoid severe harm to vulnerable families and children. States may also have the ability to use TANF and related state spending to address damage that could be done to low-income families if other programs are temporarily not available as a result of the shutdown. CLASP is available to work with states and state advocates to identify ways to minimize the harm caused by the shutdown.
- Sep 03, 2013 CLASP Work Supports Newsletter - August 2013 The Work Supports Newsletter is a monthly update that summarizes CLASP's work on safety net programs that include cash assistance (TANF), nutrition supports (SNAP), refundable tax credits, health insurance, child support enforcement and child care subsidies.
- Apr 30, 2013 CLASP Work Supports Newsletter - April 2013 The Work Supports Newsletter is a monthly update that summarizes CLASP's work on safety net programs that include cash assistance (TANF), nutrition supports (SNAP), refundable tax credits, health insurance, child support enforcement and child care subsidies.
- Mar 29, 2013 CLASP Work Supports Newsletter - March 2013 The Work Supports Newsletter is a monthly update that summarizes CLASP's work on safety net programs that include cash assistance (TANF), nutrition supports (SNAP), refundable tax credits, health insurance, child support enforcement and child care subsidies.