For more than two years, the Trump Administration has tried to use regulations and waivers as a backdoor strategy to reduce access to basic needs programs that help families thrive. As threats mount, the notice-and-comment process is gaining traction as an important part of public resistance efforts.
CLASP staff and a representative from the Mississippi Community College Board met with U.S. Department of Education (ED) staff to discuss opportunities for ED to increase its engagement with the field about ATB.
The discussion of our maternal mortality crisis is often focused on physical causes of death. But mental health is important, too. The Preventing Maternal Deaths Act is a good step toward learning more about, and preventing, maternal deaths.
DACA beneficiaries and TPS holders are caught in a state of uncertainty about their futures. Every day Congress and the Administration fail to act, they further endanger the economic security and wellbeing of immigrant families.
With President Trump threatening to veto any government spending bill that does not include $5 billion for his border wall, the government shutdown has halted federal spending for TANF, which funds cash assistance, job training, and other critical services for low-income families.
Yesterday, Congress passed the First Step Act with overwhelming bipartisan support. The compromise bill is the first federal legislation in decades that attempts to address the nation's unacceptable mass incarceration problem, while also providing critical reentry resources to support returning citizens' access to employment, training, and support services.
Congress passed the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). The bill strengthens JJDPA’s core protections, adds accountability measures, and stipulates use of evidence-based and trauma-informed approaches to juvenile justice policy and practice.
Recently, after months of stalemate, the U.S. House and Senate have reached a 2018 farm bill agreement that not only protects SNAP, but also rejects the House-passed bill to take away food assistance from people through cuts and stricter work requirements.