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 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.
Today, Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and colleagues in the Senate, along with Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA 40) and colleagues in the House, introduced the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act to protect children separated from their parents by immigration enforcement actions.