President Trump's proposed one-time "investment" in child care is not what working families need—and, in fact, threatens basic protections for children and the standards that are the building blocks of high-quality child care.
Recent activities show that Congressional Republicans have not abandoned their legislative goals of rolling back the ACA and block granting Medicaid even while the Trump Administration has shifted this year to undermining our health care safety net through Medicaid waivers, regulatory retrenchment and litigation.
The Senate's bipartisan farm bill would strengthen SNAP, ensuring millions of people are able to put food on the table and access pathways to good jobs. This is a stark contrast from the House farm bill, which would rip away SNAP from people in need.
The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a farm bill that would immediately take food off the table of hundreds of thousands of working families. Even more troubling is that the House farm bill’s already-harmful nutrition title was made worse during the floor vote through the passage of several amendments to the bill before it failed.
In response to a recent hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee, CLASP submitted a letter as a member of the Tax Alliance for Economic Mobility, highlighting the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s disparate impact on the economy, job creation, and workers’ wages.
The House TANF bill would require all recipients of cash assistance to meet regularly with a case manager. Withought new resources, states wouldn't be able to provide meaningful individualized services.
Medicaid is under siege again after several failed attempts by Congress last year to drastically restructure it. This time, states are on the attack, with the blessing and encouragement of the federal CMS. Many states are seeking waivers to drastically change Medicaid’s eligibility criteria by disenrolling people who don’t work enough hours.
The House Ways and Means Committee has passed a TANF reauthorization bill with no Democratic support. But members of both parties have said TANF isn't providing people what they need to find and keep good jobs.
With the historic allocation of $2.4 billion in new federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funds in the 2018 omnibus spending bill, we have the opportunity to improve child care and early education policies for infants and toddlers, and their parents and caregivers. It is critical that those dollars are used to advance racial equity.