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New Poverty Data Provide Key Insights into Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Woman fills out government assistance formNew data released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that we can’t let our safety net programs expire or go unfunded in the end-of-year fiscal negotiations in Congress.

By Melissa Boteach | Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ignoring Poverty and Hunger

Two Somali children walk to a food distribution centerThe mainstream media’s silence on these interrelated issues contributes to the starvation of millions both here and abroad.

By Eric Alterman | Thursday, September 20, 2012

Improving the Poverty Numbers Through Wedded Bliss?

Single motherA poverty-reduction strategy focusing on marriage addresses a symptom but doesn’t solve the problem.

By Joy Moses | Thursday, September 20, 2012

2011 Census Data Reaffirm Need to Implement the Affordable Care Act

Doctor and familyThe number of uninsured Americans drops for the first time in four years but even greater gains are to come when the health law is fully in place.

By Maura Calsyn and Lindsay Rosenthal | Wednesday, September 12, 2012

5 Things You Need to Know About the 2011 Poverty Data

Today’s new data on poverty reveal that the share of people living in poverty stabilized and that government programs to alleviate hardship are working.

By Melissa Boteach | Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Maintaining and Strengthening Supplemental Security Income for Children with Disabilities

SSI recipients article icon Issue Brief Supplemental Security should be maintained and strengthened to further increase economic security and opportunity for children and youth with disabilities and to ensure the continued success of family-centered care.

By Rebecca Vallas and Shawn Fremstad | Monday, September 10, 2012

Video: Hanging in the Balance: A Head Start for Low-Income Kids

What’s at stake if Congress fails to act to avert automatic cuts to human-needs programs such as Head Start.

By Lauren Santa Cruz and Katie Wright | Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Timeline: Cutting Poverty and the Federal Deficit Is Possible

cursor icon Interactive Sophie Feldman and Melissa Boteach demonstrate the bipartisan achievements of deficit reduction and poverty reduction between 1985 and 1997 in a telling timeline.

By Sophie Feldman and Melissa Boteach | Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Making the Right Choice for Fiscal Stability

Donna Cooper outlines CAP's plan for balancing the budget, growing the economy, and cutting poverty.

By Donna Cooper | Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Right Embraces ‘Big Government’

Melissa Boteach explores the crass politics behind opposition to states experimenting with the best ways to fight poverty.

By Melissa Boteach | Wednesday, July 18, 2012

7 Ways the House Farm Bill Slams the Middle Class

Melissa Boteach explains how the bill will cut jobs, hurt long-term economic growth, increase poverty, and worsen child hunger—all while protecting the wealthy.

By Melissa Boteach | Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Infographic: The Coverage Chasm

An infographic from Melissa Boteach shows how low-wage workers are left out of the promise of affordable health coverage in states that refuse Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.

By Melissa Boteach | Monday, July 16, 2012

More Latino Children Would Go Hungry Under Roby Amendment

More than 80 percent of the children who would lose nutrition assistance benefits under a proposed Farm Bill amendment are Latino, writes Sarah Jane Glynn.

By Sarah Jane Glynn | Wednesday, July 11, 2012

6 Things You Need to Know About the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Medicaid Expansion

Jessica Arons explains how the Court’s decision on the Obamacare Medicaid provision affects government, the working poor, and women.

By Jessica Arons | Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Feast and Famine in House Farm Bill

Donna Cooper calculates that the legislation would eliminate 19,000 jobs and deprive low-income Americans of nearly 1 billion meals in 2014, increasing poverty across our nation.

By Donna Cooper | Tuesday, July 10, 2012