News Releases Archive
- Jul 20, 2017 | CLASP Anti-Poverty Advocates Applaud Introduction of the Dream Act of 2017: Bill Provides a Path Forward for Immigrant Youth CLASP statement on Dream Act of 2017.
- Jul 13, 2017 | CLASP Economic Security for All at Stake in FY18 L-HHS Budget Statement from CLASP on the L-HHS budget for FY2018.
- Jun 22, 2017 | CLASP Senate Health Bill Would Slash Medicaid, Taking Health Care from Millions of Low-Income People CLASP statement on health care bill released by U.S. Senate Republicans.
- Jun 22, 2017 CLASP Statement on President Trump’s Renewed Attack on Immigrant Families CLASP responds to President Trump's speech that attacks immigrant families.
- Jun 22, 2017 San Francisco Leads on Fair Scheduling, But Better Enforcement Needed A new report from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and Young Workers United (YWU) finds that San Francisco’s groundbreaking “fair scheduling” law provides critical protections to workers but needs to be better enforced.
- May 24, 2017 CBO Report: Republican Health Bill Would Cut 14 Million People from Medicaid Today, the independent Congressional Budget Office released its updated “score” of the American Health Care Act which showed 23 million people would lose health coverage by 2026.
- May 23, 2017 Trump’s Budget Request: A devastating assault on ordinary Americans CLASP statement on the president's FY18 budget request.
- May 18, 2017 | National Immigration Law Center and UndocuBlack UndocuBlack and NILC Seek to Uncover the Truth Behind Trump Administration TPS Decision Civil Rights and Social Justice Groups to Urge the Trump Administration to Re-Authorize Temporary Protected Status for Haitians
- May 04, 2017 | CLASP Omnibus Bill Largely Averts Short-Term Crisis, Yet Threatening Clouds on the Horizon CLASP statement on passage of omnibus spending bill for the remaining five months of FY17.
- May 04, 2017 | CLASP House Votes to Take Away Health Coverage from Millions CLASP statement on passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of the American Health Care Act.
- Mar 24, 2017 | CLASP Withdrawal of AHCA Is Huge Victory for Hard-Working Americans CLASP statement on the withdrawal of the American Health Care Act.
- Mar 17, 2017 | CLASP President Trump’s budget poses grave danger to wellbeing of hard-working poor and low-income people—and the nation’s economy CLASP statement on President Trump's budget.
- Mar 15, 2017 | CLASP DeLauro and Murray Introduce Bill to Provide Paid Sick and Safe Days across the Nation CLASP statement on federal Health Families Act that would provide paid sick days to workers.
- Mar 13, 2017 | CLASP Pronita Gupta to Lead CLASP’s Job Quality Team Statement from Olivia Golden on the appointment of new director of CLASP's Job Quality team.
- Mar 06, 2017 | CLASP Trump’s Revision of “Muslim Ban” Order Still Endangers Refugee Families and Undermines American Values Statement from CLASP on why Trump’s revision of “Muslim Ban” order still endangers refugee families and undermines American values.
- Mar 01, 2017 | CLASP This is not a reset: Trump’s speech continues the assault on vulnerable communities Statement from CLASP on why Trump's first Congressional address continues his assault on vulnerable communities.
Feb 15, 2017
Statement of CLASP on the Withdrawal of Andrew Puzder’s Nomination for Secretary of Labor
CLASP's statement on Andrew Puzder's withdrawal and the need for a Secretary of Labor who will protect workers, particularly those who work for low wages.
- Feb 10, 2017 | CLASP Price is Wrong: Why New HHS Secretary is Clear Threat to Low-Income, Vulnerable People CLASP statement on the confirmation of Tom Price as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Feb 08, 2017 | CLASP Secretary DeVos Imperils Education of Low-Income Students and Communities of Color Statement from CLASP on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.
- Feb 07, 2017 | CLASP FAMILY Act Proposes National Paid Family and Medical Leave New bill would create a federal paid family and medical leave insurance program enabling workers to take up to 12 weeks of paid time off to care for a seriously ill family member, bond with a new child, or address their own serious health issues.
Jan 26, 2017
Trump’s Immigration Orders Endanger Immigrant and Refugee Families, America’s Future, and American Values
On January 25, 2017, President Trump began rolling out a series of deeply damaging executive orders on immigration and refugee policy, proposing steps that endanger the safety, economic security, and wellbeing of children, families, and communities. These orders undermine our identity as a land of opportunity for immigrants and refugees.
- Jan 23, 2017 | CLASP CLASP Board of Trustees Begins 2017 with Four New Members The board of the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) voted to add four new trustees. Joining the CLASP board will be Lisa Brown, Thomas Kahn, Sunil Mansukhani, and Edward Montgomery.
- Jan 13, 2017 | CLASP Statement: Bipartisan BRIDGE Act Protects DACA Youth Facing an Uncertain Future CLASP's statement supporting the BRIDGE Act and its goal of extending the protections of DACA to immigrants who arrived in this country as children.
- Dec 12, 2016 Statement on Continuing Resolution to Keep Federal Government Funded through April 2017 CLASP's statement on the inadequacies of federal funding included in the Continuing Resolution for the needs of poor, low-income people.
- Nov 10, 2016 | CLASP Statement from CLASP on 2016 Election CLASP's statement on the results of the 2016 presidential election.
- Oct 12, 2016 | CLASP and National Governors Association States Drive Systems Change Through Two-Generation Strategies The National Governors Association and its partner, CLASP, today announced that five states—Colorado, Georgia, Minnesota, New Jersey and Oregon—were selected to participate in an opportunity to create two-generation strategies for systems change.
- Sep 13, 2016 | CLASP Statement: Strong Reduction in Poverty, Improvement in Health Insurance, But More to Do for Next Generation’s Families CLASP's statement about the Census Bureau's report on 2015 data for poverty, income, and health coverage.
- Jun 23, 2016 | CLASP Statement: Split Supreme Court Leaves DAPA, Expanded DACA Hold in Place, Fails to Address Harm to Children Statement from CLASP on the case of U.S. v. Texas on DAPA/DACA
- Feb 17, 2016 | CLASP New Analysis of Access to Child Care Subsidies, Head Start Finds Disparate Access by Race, Ethnicity, and State In a unique analysis released today, CLASP found that access to child care subsidies and Head Start is sharply limited for all eligible children, even more so for particular racial and ethnic groups and in particular states.
Feb 11, 2016
CLASP Statement: President Obama’s Budget Invests in ‘Opportunity for All’
President Obama on Tuesday proposed a federal budget for fiscal year 2017 (FY2017) that affirms the central importance of supporting economic opportunity for all by calling for a comprehensive series of investments in child care and early education, low-income and out-of-school youth, postsecondary education, workforce development, safety-net programs, and worker protections.
- Feb 08, 2016 | CLASP Official Finding of Civil Rights Concerns in Mississippi Child Care Assistance Program Should Serve as a Call to Action in Mississippi and Nationally Statement from CLASP
- Dec 17, 2015 | CLASP President Obama Signs Full-Year Omnibus Budget and Improved Refundable Tax Credits CLASP statement on omnibus budget and improvements to refundable tax credits.
- Dec 10, 2015 | CLASP No Ifs, Ands, or Buts, Congress Must Pass a Clean, Full-Year Funding Bill Statement from CLASP on the need for Congress to pass a clean, full-year Omnibus spending bill.
- Nov 13, 2015 | CLASP CLASP Board of Trustees Elects Four New Members for 2016 The board of the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) voted in October to add four new trustees from Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago. Joining the CLASP board will be Michael C. Camuñez, David Hansell, Marielena Hincapié, and Michelle Saddler.
- Sep 30, 2015 | CLASP Statement on Continuing Resolution for FY2016 The Continuing Resolution marks an ominous start to the fiscal year for crucial services that can help hard-working poor and low-income people lift themselves and their families to economic security.
- Sep 16, 2015 Statement on Census Bureau’s 2014 Income, Poverty, and Health Coverage Reports
Aug 04, 2015
| CLASP and NELP
Unemployment Insurance Rules Fail Workers with Volatile Schedules
Unemployment insurance (UI) programs fall far short of providing reliable income support for workers who lose their jobs due to the consequences of volatile schedules, according to a new report released today by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the National Employment Law Project (NELP).
- Jul 15, 2015 | CLASP Bill Would Address Volatile Job Scheduling Practices The Schedules that Work Act would address the problems faced by millions of workers who have unpredictable and unstable job schedules.
- May 12, 2015 | CLASP and CEPR New Tool for Employers Calculates the Full Cost of Employee Turnover To help business owners understand the cost of turnover, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) have released an updated turnover calculator.
- Apr 09, 2015 | CLASP and NELP Report: Family Caregivers Who Lose Jobs Due to Care Responsibilities Often Don’t Receive Jobless Aid Workers who lose their jobs due to caring for older, sick, or disabled family members are unlikely to receive unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. This is the case despite provisions in some states’ UI rules that are intended to address such situations.
Mar 18, 2015
Family and Medical Leave Insurance Legislation Introduced in Congress
Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMILY) Act, to create a federal paid family and medical leave insurance program for American workers.
- Feb 12, 2015 | CLASP On the Heels of State and Local Earned Sick Days Wins, Federal Bill is Re-Introduced Today, Members of Congress answered President Obama’s call for “a bill that gives every worker in America the opportunity to earn seven days of paid sick leave.”
Feb 11, 2015
New Report Outlines How Federal Program Has Played a Central Role in Expanding Home Visiting Services to Vulnerable Families
Today, CLASP released a new report with cutting-edge information about how states have used federal funding to expand voluntary, evidence-based services to young children and their parents. The report comes just weeks before congressional funding for the program is scheduled to expire.
- Feb 04, 2015 Statement by Olivia Golden on President Obama’s FY 2016 Budget President Obama’s budget features ambitious and thoughtful proposals to create opportunity for children and youth, help struggling low-income families move into the middle class and succeed once there, and invest in America’s labor force.
- Jan 16, 2015 CLASP, Businesses Strongly Support President’s Focus on Working Families This week, President Obama announced a major push to improve the lives of working families. The actions he outlined will address priority issues for CLASP, such as earned sick days and paid family and medical leave insurance.
- Nov 17, 2014 US Senate Passes Major Child Care Bill Today, the U.S. Senate passed the House amendment to the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014, sending this important bill to the desk of President Obama for his signature.
- Sep 15, 2014 CLASP Applauds Congressional Action on Child Care Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014, as amended.
- Aug 13, 2014 New Director Tapped for Higher Education & Workforce Development Policy Center The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is pleased to announce the appointment of David Socolow as director of the Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success.
- Jul 22, 2014 New Bill Addresses Unfair Job Scheduling Practices U.S. Representatives George Miller (D-CA) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced the Schedules That Work Act in Congress.
Jul 01, 2014
Alliance for Quality Career Pathways Releases Shared Vision, Strong Systems
The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways (AQCP/the Alliance), a partnership of ten states together with CLASP, released its groundbreaking Shared Vision, Strong Systems: The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways Framework 1.0, which establishes a common understanding of strong and effective career pathway systems.
- May 23, 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) a Critical Step Forward for U.S. Workers CLASP supports the proposed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)—a bipartisan House-Senate effort to reauthorize the nation’s workforce development and adult education programs.
- Apr 17, 2014 Report: States’ Choices Decide if Former Foster Youth Get Healthcare A little-known Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision has the potential to improve the health of young adults who often have significant health care needs and are more likely to be uninsured than their peers: former foster youth.
- Mar 19, 2014 CLASP Launches New Online Commentary What’s Next? The Agenda for Reducing Poverty and Expanding Opportunity will be a forum for discussion of broad themes on public policies that reduce poverty and expand opportunity for low-income adults, children, youth, and families.
Mar 11, 2014
CLASP Statement in Support of CCDBG Reauthorization
With child care assistance such an essential work support for low-income parents who struggle to find and keep employment to provide for their families, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) supports the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (S. 1086).
- Mar 10, 2014 Report: Unstable Work Schedules Hurt Economy, Communities, and Families A new report by the Center for Law and Social Policy, Retail Action Project, and Women Employed reveals that unstable and unpredictable work schedules have severe implications for hourly-wage workers, as well as businesses and consumer spending.
- Feb 04, 2014 On Anniversary of FMLA, Business Leaders Call for Paid Leave Paid family and medical leave makes business sense; that’s the message from business leaders ahead of the 21st anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) tomorrow.
- Nov 21, 2013 Higher Education Experts Call for Tax Reforms to Improve College Affordability, Access, and Completion A consortium of higher education experts has called on Congress to reform tax-based student aid to ensure it reaches the low- and modest-income families who most need it to access college. With nearly $34 billion spent each year, this form of aid is more common than even Pell Grants, but action is needed to maximize its impact on college access and completion.
- Nov 14, 2013 Report: Large Numbers of Children Underserved by Federal and State Early Care and Education Programs Today, the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) released Investing in Young Children: A Fact Sheet on Early Care and Education Participation, Access, and Quality. The joint report reveals how significant underinvestment in early care and education programs at the state and federal levels has left large numbers of children underserved.
- Nov 13, 2013 CLASP Statement on the Strong Start for America's Children Act Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representatives George Miller (D-CA) and Richard Hanna (R-NY) introduced the Strong Start for America's Children Act: landmark legislation that provides for universal access to high-quality pre-kindergarten services for low-income children through a federal-state partnership and expands quality child care for infants and toddlers.
- Oct 31, 2013 Groups Applaud the Bipartisan Student and Family Tax Simplification Act The Consortium for Reform of Higher Education Tax Benefits includes four organizations concerned with college access, affordability, and completion for low - and middle-income individuals: the Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success at CLASP, the New America Foundation's Education Policy Program, Young Invincibles, and The Education Trust.
- Sep 13, 2013 New CLASP-led Consortium Seeks to Simplify and Better Target Higher Education Tax Benefits The Center on Postsecondary and Economic Success at CLASP is partnering with Education Trust, New America Foundation, and Young Invincibles in a new consortium to promote policies that reform and strengthen federal higher education tax benefits. Supported by a $310,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the consortium builds on previous work by these groups in the foundation's Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery (RADD) project.
- Jul 17, 2013 CLASP Receives Funding to Advance Efforts Improving Health and Success of Young Men of Color The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced its support of CLASP (the Center for Law and Social Policy) through Forward Promise, the Foundation's $9.5 million initiative to improve the health and success of boys and young men of color. CLASP will receive $700,000 over 24 months to support its work that advances multiple pathways towards secondary and post-secondary credentials and employment and that examines trauma and its impact on readiness for education and employment.
- Apr 23, 2013 Leading Anti-Poverty Center Announces New Executive Director Today, CLASP (the Center for Law and Social Policy) announced the appointment of Olivia Golden, Ph.D. as its next executive director. She will succeed Alan Houseman, who has served in the position since 1981. Houseman will retire at the end of 2013.
- Sep 25, 2012 CLASP Explores New Approaches in Federal Policy to Help Low-Income Students Complete College Two unfortunate phenomena have been converging to make college even more elusive for low-income students: the affordability of postsecondary education is waning at the same time that low-income students in this slowly recovering economy must juggle school, family and work to earn credentials of value in an increasingly competitive job market. Against this backdrop, CLASP has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to participate in the Reimagining Aid Delivery and Design (RADD) project with 13 other organizations.