On August 1, 2019, the U.S. Senate passed a two-year budget bill, already approved by the House, for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. While this year’s bill did not include a specific funding commitment for child care, it paves the way to maintain and build on last year’s historic increase.
The Republican tax bills approved by the House of Representatives and currently on the Senate floor funnel the lion’s share of benefits to the wealthy and corporations, at the expense of working families.
As college costs continue to rise, millions of low-income students, particularly students of color, are struggling to make ends meet. The Simple FAFSA Act, introduced last week, would increase support for working students, streamline the financial aid process, and expand access to more low-income students.
Cost is the main barrier facing many adults who pursue postsecondary credentials. As costs have increased, state and federal financial aid has not kept up. Students face significant unmed need, struggling to make ends meet while completing their education.
During Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, we are reminded of the importance of programs that connect people with housing resources. However, we must also ensure that people experiencing homelessness have access to SNAP, Medicaid, and other supports that help them meet basic needs.
Republicans are rushing through their tax plans before the American public understands how destructive they would be. Both plans would give big tax cuts to the richest families and corporations instead of most middle- and low-income families.
As we recognize the contributions and sacrifices of our veterans, we must also acknowledge their challenges transitioning to civilian life and the need for some to access income and work supports to make ends meet.
The Trump Administration is taking action to reduce access to Medicaid for low-income workers, while on the other hand, voters are saying loud and clear they support increasing access to Medicaid for low-income workers.