News Releases Archive
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.
- Sep 17, 2012 CLASP Statement on OMB Sequestration Report The automatic, across-the-board cuts set to begin on January 2, 2013, by the sequester were intended to be a blunt and indiscriminate instrument that would inspire both parties to negotiate a compromise on a deficit reduction plan. At CLASP, we work tirelessly to create policy solutions that work for low-income people. Clearly, the sequester is anything but that."
- Sep 12, 2012 Growing Income Inequality, Continued High Poverty Point to Need for Sustained Support for Workers, Families Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released annual data on poverty, income and health insurance coverage in America. This report is a clear sign that there's tremendous need for government action to promote job growth, modernize jobs, help poor children get off to a solid start, and strengthen the safety net for families in hard times.
- Sep 11, 2012 Seven Community Colleges to Pilot Benefits Access Project "In today's economy, it's more important than ever that students have the supports to earn a higher education so they can land better jobs and support their families," said Evelyn Ganzglass, Director of Workforce Development at CLASP. "Rising college costs mean an education is increasingly out of reach for millions. By combining traditional student financial aid with public supports, students are better positioned to get by and complete their education. And when more students earn credentials, more employers have the skilled workers they need, and the labor market is able to stay competitive."
- Jul 18, 2012 New Ten State Alliance to Provide Quality Benchmarks and Measures of Success for Career Pathway Initiative (Washington, D.C.) -- Ten states, in conjunction with CLASP, the Center for Law and Social Policy, are launching the Alliance for Quality Career Pathways, a national effort to create a framework of benchmarks and measures of success for career pathway initiatives. The participating states will draw upon their combined decades of experience with this promising approach to education and training.
- Jun 28, 2012 Today's Affordable Care Act Ruling Momentous for Hard Working Americans Today's 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act ensures that we will have a fairer health care system that better meets our workforce and population's needs. While there are still questions on how states will respond to the Medicaid expansion provision, the ruling is a real victory for all Americans.
- May 10, 2012 CLASP Statement on House's Sequester Replacement Act Following is a statement by Alan W. Houseman, executive director of CLASP, regarding the House of Representative's upcoming vote on the Sequester Replacement Act. The bill proposes severe cuts to programs that provide much needed support to the nation's moderate- and low-income workers, children and elderly.
- Apr 26, 2012 New Tool: U.S. on Track to Leave Nearly $600 Billion in Revenue on the Table Unless Nation and States Increase Number of Adults with Postsecondary Credentials The nation is falling behind other leading countries in the number of adults with a postsecondary credential and the skills needed by employers. If the United States does not significantly increase the number of credentialed adults, the country stands to leave hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue on the table. These are the findings from a dynamic new data analysis released today by CLASP and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS).
- Apr 26, 2012 Today's Vote on the Buffett Rule Matters to Low-income Families Following is a statement by Alan W. Houseman, executive director of CLASP, regarding the Paying a Fair Share Act of 2012 (S.2230), a bill introduced by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) to implement the Buffett Rule.
- Apr 03, 2012 Report: Work Sharing Finds Breakthrough in New Federal Law The law President Obama signed in February to extend payroll tax cuts and unemployment insurance (H.R. 3630) also provided a nearly $500 million expansion of work sharing, an employment strategy that helps businesses avoid layoffs during downturns and can dramatically reduce unemployment. Today, in the first of three papers, CLASP and the National Employment Law Project (NELP) released a detailed summary of the new federal law and how states can access it to combat layoffs.
- Mar 29, 2012 The Rebuild America Act Would Help Build Strong Families, Stable Middle Class "A stable middle class means stronger families, better outcomes for children and stronger fiscal health for the nation. The Rebuild America Act would offer opportunities such as education and training, child care assistance, and paid sick leave to ensure more ordinary families have the tools they need to access jobs have the chance to reach the middle class."
- Mar 20, 2012 House FY 2013 Budget Resolution: Same Song, Same Cast, Different Year House Republicans today released a budget that once again is strong on rhetoric but weak on reasonable ideas regarding how to restore prosperity to the economy, not to mention strengthen the nation's families and provide pathways to education, work, and economic security. The budget harkens back to the failed theory of trickle-down economics by providing tax cuts to those at the top, preserving special treatment for capital gains, cutting deductions for most workers and offering a vague hope that the benefits will eventually trickle down to ordinary Americans.
- Feb 02, 2012 Stigmatizing UI by Drug Testing Applicants and Denying Benefits to Those Without H.S. Diploma Conferees from the U.S. House and Senate currently are considering an Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits extension proposal that includes two highly controversial provisions-drug testing all UI applicants and denying benefits to those without a high school diploma or equivalent-that would penalize the most vulnerable workers, CLASP, the Center for Law and Social Policy said today.
- Dec 12, 2011 House bill cuts federal UI benefits, stigmatizes joblessness, penalizes workers with least education While the bill extends the payroll tax deduction, it limits the availability of federally funded unemployment assistance, includes punitive provisions for the least skilled jobless workers and inexplicably ties needed UI benefits and payroll tax reductions to permits for the Keystone pipeline.
- Nov 21, 2011 Super Committee Failure Part and Parcel of a Larger Problem The Super Committee was born out of congressional wrangling over our nation's policy priorities, and it seems to have met its demise in much the same way.
- Nov 18, 2011 Legal Aid a Casualty in FY 2012 Spending Package Congress voted Thursday, Nov. 17, on a spending package that includes significant cuts to the Legal Services Corporation, a move that will make it significantly harder for low-income people to access legal aid.
- Nov 17, 2011 Legislation to Protect Children a Significant First Step Much has been said over the last week in response to tragic events in Pennsylvania where it is alleged that Jerry Sandusky, former defensive coordinator at Pennsylvania State, sexually abused children and the abuse was witnessed by and known to many. Sen. Robert Casey (D-Pa.) late Wednesday afternoon introduced federal legislation that attempts to create a culture in which all adults take responsibility for protecting children. This is a significant and important first step. Following is a statement by Rutledge Q. Hutson, director of child welfare at CLASP.
- Nov 07, 2011 Alternative Poverty Measure Demonstrates Government Programs Help Reduce Poverty The Supplemental Poverty Measure released today by the Census reveals government has a key role to play in reducing poverty. As lawmakers debate deficit reduction and cutting domestic programs, they should keep this report in mind. With high unemployment and increasing poverty, it would be counterproductive to slash poverty-alleviating programs at any time but especially now when need is increasing.
- Oct 04, 2011 How Much Does Employee Turnover Really Cost? CLASP and the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) have released a turnover calculator, a dynamic new tool that allows employers to calculate how much turnover costs in just 10 questions. Employee turnover costs businesses millions each year, but many employers don't realize exactly how much it's costing their company. Workplace policies that support workers such as paid sick days and paid family leave can help employers reduce turnover and improve their bottom line.
- Sep 13, 2011 How Many More Have to Fall into Poverty Before We Say Enough? "How many more have to fall into poverty before we say enough? That should be the question every American asks the nation's policymakers as they begin debating President Obama's jobs package and how to cut more than a trillion dollars from the nation's deficit over the next decade.
- Sep 09, 2011 CLASP Statement on the President's American Jobs Act The American Jobs Act that President Obama announced last night is a significant step forward in the right direction. It recognizes that we need broad programs to promote hiring by investing in infrastructure and stimulating consumer spending as well as programs targeted toward the most vulnerable workers.
- Sep 01, 2011 Who's Working This Labor Day? It's alarming enough that unemployment has hovered around 9 percent or more since April 2009, but equally troubling is that workers are remaining unemployed longer and many are dropping out of the labor force altogether. This trend threatens to turn far too many of America's once productive workers into permanently unemployed and unemployable people.
- Aug 01, 2011 CLASP Statement on Debt Ceiling Compromise Two critical pieces are absent from the compromise--an understanding and empathy for what ordinary Americans need during this time of high unemployment and increasing poverty and a principle of shared sacrifice in which corporations and the wealthy are not exempt from their role in alleviating the nation's debt crisis by ending corporate tax loopholes and tax breaks for the richest among us.
- Jun 29, 2011 Aging Population Requires Broader Higher Education Funding and Policies Just as the nation's economy is demanding that more workers have some postsecondary education or training, the traditional source of such workers - high school graduates - is leveling off and even declining in some states. A new paper released today by CLASP, the Center for Law and Social Policy, and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) demonstrates why ensuring more adults have access to and complete college is critical for the nation's continuing economic competitiveness.
- Jun 15, 2011 Proposed Balanced Budget Amendment Is Off Balance, Harmful for all Americans The proposed balanced budget amendment comes as federal lawmakers are having a wide conversation about deficit reduction that also includes the FY 2012 budget, the nation's debt ceiling as well as its long-term debt. While these conversations are important, they are incomplete. The nation can't begin having honest discourse about its finances until lawmakers begin to take a broad look at spending and revenue. And lawmakers must make certain that plans to balance the nation's budget don't harm the most vulnerable among us.
- Apr 05, 2011 House Budget Proposal Is Political and Disingenuous As both the House and Senate continue to debate FY 2012 funding, we urge them to chart a true path to prosperity-one that feeds and clothes those in need, provides affordable health care, and supports job training and education from birth through college while making appropriate and reasonable changes to the tax code and entitlement programs.
- Mar 02, 2011 House Proposal to Cut Workforce Investment Ignores Persistently High Unemployment The House proposal to cut funding for programs providing critical job training to unemployed and underemployed workers is highly counterproductive during this time of persistently high unemployment. The proposed cuts to the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) come as a new CLASP report cites early evidence that enhanced funding through the Recovery Act enabled a significant percent of WIA participants to land jobs during the worst of the economic downturn.
- Feb 17, 2011 218,000 Children Could Lose Head Start Services if House Proposal Passes With one in four young children living in poverty, the need for Head Start is greater than ever.The cut proposed in the House not only will hurt our most vulnerable children, it is the definition of penny-wise and pound foolish. National studies confirm that Head Start has improved the lives of both children and their families.
- Feb 16, 2011 New Report Shows Recovery Act Dollars Worked A review released today of the subsidized jobs programs operated in 2009 and 2010 with TANF Emergency Fund dollars found that they were highly effective at putting unemployed people to work in private sector jobs during the economic downturn.
- Feb 14, 2011 Balancing the Budget Requires Honest, Balanced Discourse "Policymakers across the political spectrum have said the budget shouldn't be balanced on the backs of the vulnerable. Yet much of public debate on the federal budget and deficit reduction has focused on reigning in domestic, discretionary spending, including significant cuts in programs that aid vulnerable children and families. It's deeply disturbing that this is the direction of the conversation, especially since it's been just two short months since lawmakers voted to extend tax cuts for the wealthy.
- Jan 19, 2011 Sargent Shriver a Champion of Low-Income People The death of Sargent Shriver is a great loss for this country. The legacy he leaves as a champion of low-income people is truly extraordinary, and we are forever grateful for his service to reduce poverty and secure equal justice for all Americans.
- Jan 12, 2011 Community Leaders Convene to Determine How to Reclaim the Dream Hundreds of community leaders from across the nation are convening to advance an ambitious national agenda to substantially reduce social and economic disparities for black men and boys. The meeting will lay the ground for the serious change outlined in a new report, We Dream a World.
- Dec 03, 2010 Wrong Time for Wrong Policy Debate Unemployment is high, poverty is up, and millions more are living close to the edge. Today's employment situation report should give the nation's policymakers pause and motivation to change the tone of the national policy debate and get something done to improve the lot of families. A good start would be passing the unemployment benefits extension so that struggling workers and their families will not lose this important lifeline
- Nov 03, 2010 Time to Put Ideology Aside and Address the Needs of Ordinary Americans The mid-term election for 2010 is over and the policy climate has changed, but the underlying issues that affect low-income people and their families have not. The nation continues to face persistently high unemployment, and a mismatch between skills and available jobs. For low-skill workers and people of color, unemployment is at crisis levels.
- Sep 24, 2010 Congress Set to Let TANF Emergency Fund Expire The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Fund, a federal program that has created subsidized jobs for more 250,000 people struggling to find work in the tough economy is set to expire Sept. 30 if Congress fails to act. "With nearly five people looking for work for every job opening, it does not make sense to end this successful program," said Elizabeth Lower-Basch, a senior policy analyst at CLASP.
- Sep 16, 2010 'We Should Collectively Be Appalled' It is often said that the measure of a nation's greatness is how it treats the most vulnerable. By that standard, today's poverty data demonstrate that we are falling far short. We should collectively be appalled that nearly one in seven Americans live in poverty and millions more live near poverty.
- Sep 13, 2010 Poverty Data: CLASP Experts Available to Provide Insight and Discuss Policy Solutions This Thursday, the U.S. Census Bureau will release its annual data on income, poverty and health insurance coverage. Early projections reveal this year will reflect the single largest yearly increase since Census began tracking the federal poverty rate in 1959. CLASP, the Center for Law and Social Policy, experts will be available to discuss the data and its implication for children,youth and families as well as for the nation's policy priorities.
- Jul 02, 2010 U.S. Senate Moves to Pass Benefits Extension and Do Right by American Workers Since early June, millions of struggling workers have been waiting for the Senate to put politics aside and do the right thing for workers and their families. Long-term unemployment is the highest it's been since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began keeping track. Extending unemployment insurance benefits means more families can keep a roof over their heads and put food on the table.
- Jul 01, 2010 Lawmakers' Inaction on Unemployment Extension and Jobs Bill Puts Recovery at Risk The latest unemployment numbers will be out Friday morning, and many experts project the numbers will not be good. Yet in spite of record high long-term unemployment, widespread economic insecurity, and a fragile economic recovery, lawmakers repeatedly have failed to address the nation's pressing needs.
- Jun 24, 2010 Senate Once Again Fails to Pass Critical Jobs Legislation
- Apr 20, 2010 Dorothy I. Height's Life's Work Embodied CLASP's Core Mission The death of Dorothy I. Height is a great loss for the nation and for those who believe that all people residing in the United States should be treated equally and with dignity and respect.
- Feb 16, 2010 One Year Later: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Much of the recent public discourse on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has focused on whether it created a quantifiable number of jobs and to what degree it has and continues to stimulate the economy. These are important policy questions, but we shouldn't lose sight of the fact that "reinvestment" in the nation's social infrastructure is a significant piece of the Recovery Act and equally essential to short- and long-term recovery.
- Feb 05, 2010 Slight Drop in Unemployment Promising But No Reason to Cheer Today's unemployment report showed some glimmers of light, but also how far we have to go before a true recovery. The nation's overall unemployment rate declined by .3 percent and there was a significant drop in involuntary part-time employment. Unfortunately, long-term unemployment continued to rise and low-skill workers and minority workers continue to face very difficult challenges in the labor market. Projections are that these populations are likely to experience very high rates of unemployment for quite some time.
- Feb 01, 2010 President's Budget Proposal Includes Critical Investments in Programs That Affect Low-Income People The president's budget recognizes that a key to shared, long-term economic prosperity is investing in programs that provide low-income people with the supports and tools they need to move out of poverty.
- Jan 27, 2010 CLASP Statement Regarding State of the Union In this time of increasing economic insecurity, rising unemployment and increasing poverty, the American public demands bold solutions that will put people to work and provide them with a foundation for long-term economic security.
- Jan 08, 2010 Prolonged High Unemployment Could Have Serious Long-Term Consequences Unemployment depletes family resources, which has negative consequences for children. And for young people, joblessness early in their careers diminishes their long-term career prospects.
- Dec 18, 2009 2010 Appropriations Measure Includes Money to Help Disadvantaged Individuals Get Jobs Earlier this week, President Obama signed the FY 2010 appropriations bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, which for the first time provides federal funding for transitional jobs to help people with barriers to employment, such as ex-offenders and long-term welfare recipients, enter the workforce.
- Dec 17, 2009 Jobs Measure a Good First Step for Low-Income Workers, But More Targeted Interventions Are Needed If the jobs situation is a problem for the nation, it is a profound crisis for low-income workers and their families, especially people of color, workers who lack some postsecondary credentials, and disadvantaged youth.
- Dec 04, 2009 Jobs Creation Should Also Focus on Low-Income, Low-Skill Populations As the nation's lawmakers consider strategies to get more Americans back to work, they should weigh a range of policy solutions that will ensure workers and families hardest hit have the supports they need to access jobs and meet their basic needs.
- Nov 06, 2009 Bill to Extend Unemployment Comes as Unemployment Reaches Double Digits President Obama today signed a bill that will extend unemployment insurance for millions of workers who are on the verge of exhausting their benefits. The bill signing comes amid other news that the economy is showing signs of recovery, though unemployment at 10.2 percent is at its highest level in 26 years.
- Nov 04, 2009 New Report Reveals Higher State Poverty Rates Based on Alternative Measure The percent of Americans living in poverty is higher than the current poverty measure captures, according to a new CLASP report that, for the first time, lists how poverty rates change in each state using a modern poverty measure.
- Oct 29, 2009 Recovery Remains a Long Way Off for Unemployed and Low-Income Americans
- Aug 26, 2009 Sen. Kennedy a Prolific Advocate for Low-Income Americans Sen. Kennedy's deep conviction for social justice was evident in the many causes he championed and the bills that bear his name.
- Jul 16, 2009 American Graduation Initiative Bold Step Toward Transforming Workforce The Obama Administration's proposed American Graduation Initiative represents a bold federal effort to help more Americans gain the knowledge and skills they need to get ahead and that our country needs to compete globally.
- Apr 03, 2009 Rising Unemployment Calls for Swift Use of Existing Policy Tools, and New Policy Solutions The nation's continually rising unemployment rate underscores the urgent need for states to take full advantage of provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that provide relief for workers facing economic distress, and it calls for making better use of policy solutions designed to help workers through tough economic times.
- Mar 31, 2009 New Website Helps States Working to Boost Economic Competitiveness Shifting Gears is a Joyce Foundation-sponsored initiative that aims to promote regional economic growth by aligning adult education, workforce development and postsecondary education in five Midwestern states - Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
- Mar 27, 2009 Under Used Work Sharing Program Could Help Curb Rising Layoffs Work sharing, a program that allows employers to reduce work hours instead of jobs, could provide an alternative to layoffs and help ease mounting unemployment, according to Work Sharing-an Alternative to Layoffs for Tough Time, a paper published today by CLASP.
- Mar 25, 2009 CLASP Statement on House and Senate Budget Proposals We are pleased that both bills presented today by chairmen of the House and Senate Budget Committees reflect the priorities laid out by the President and include investments in health care reform, education, and clean energy, while committing to fiscal responsibility and reducing the federal deficit.
- Mar 20, 2009 Souring Economy Requires Investment in Programs That Help Families The budget projections that Congressional Budget Office released today show that the nation is facing an even tougher economic environment than anyone projected even a month ago. At this critical moment, it is all the more important that the nation's policymakers assist struggling families to stay afloat and make sound investments in families and the nation's economic future.
- Feb 13, 2009 Economic Recovery Package Signicant Step Toward Shoring Up the Safety Net The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that lawmakers are expected to send to President Obama in the coming days is a significant and welcome first step in shoring up the nation's tattered safety net and ensuring the most vulnerable Americans share the benefits of economic recovery.
- Feb 10, 2009 Senate Recovery Package Addresses Urgent Needs We are pleased that senators came to a compromise and passed the recovery act. Ordinary Americans continue to feel the everyday consequences of slow action, including mounting job losses and trouble meeting basic needs such as food and shelter. Low-income Americans are especially hard hit by this recession and in need of the jobs, tax relief and other provisions this bill provides.
- Jan 30, 2009 Economic Recovery Package Provides Needed Child Care Assistance The economic recovery proposal includes a much-needed boost to child care assistance that will help more low-income working parents stay employed and access quality child care for their children
- Jan 30, 2009 Administration's New Taskforce And Action On Job Quality A Win For Workers President Obama and Vice-President Biden have chosen to put the issue of job quality front and center. As the President said this morning, we need to create 'not just any jobs,' but good jobs that enable workers to manage their work and family responsibilities and that open the door to the American Dream.
- Jan 21, 2009 CLASP Congratulates New Administration The swearing in of President Barack Obama was an historic and moving moment for the country. As the nation celebrated, it did so knowing the President Obama has many tough challenges ahead.
- Jan 16, 2009 Recovery Package Shores Up Critical Safety Net Programs This economic recovery proposal demonstrates that our nation's lawmakers get it. Long-term economic recovery requires common sense measures that will shore up the economy and ensure all Americans share in the benefit of recovery.
- Jan 14, 2009 Economic Recovery Legislation Should Shore Up the Safety Net
- May 28, 2008 House Briefing on Kinship Care
- May 28, 2008 Senate Briefing on Kinship Care
- Feb 05, 2008 President's Budget Hurts Low-Income, Working Families
- Feb 04, 2008 President's Budget Says Children Don't Count
- Jan 29, 2008 CLASP Urges Senate to Act to Protect Low-Income Families