Work Requirements Don’t Work

How Proposals Would Take Health Insurance, Food, and Housing Away from Struggling Workers

Unfortunately, due to CVC security requirements, we will not be able to admit RSVPs submitted for those without congressional ID or press credentials after 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 9.

Taking away food, shelter, and health care from jobless workers won’t solve the labor market problems they face, yet that is exactly what President Donald Trump and some of his colleagues in Congress are proposing to do. While they call their proposals work requirements, what these policies would do in practice is punish unemployed or underemployed workers for not being able to find a job with enough hours and penalize those who face barriers to work. Such proposals would only exacerbate poverty and inequality, while putting opportunity even further out of reach for millions of Americans, including women, people with disabilities, and communities of color.

Please join Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), the Center for American Progress, and partners for a discussion about the harmful consequences of so-called work requirements, public opinion regarding current proposals, and the policies that would actually help struggling workers get ahead.

Opening remarks:
Olivia Golden, Executive Director, Center for Law and Social Policy

Keynote: Sabotaging the Sabotage: Defending Medicaid and the Greater Safety Net
Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)

Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE)

Melissa Boteach, Senior Vice President, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress

Featured panelists:
Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Co-Executive Director, Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality
Marty Ford, Senior Executive Officer, Public Policy Office, The Arc of the United States
Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO, National Women’s Law Center
LaDonna Pavetti, Vice President, Family Income Support Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Moderated by:
Rebecca Vallas, Vice President, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress

Cosponsoring organizations:
The Arc of the United States, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Center for Community Change, Center for Employment Opportunities, Center on Law and Social Policy, Coalition on Human Needs, Community Catalyst, Families USA, Food Research and Action Center, Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, Heartland Alliance, Justice in Aging, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Employment Law Project, National Health Law Program, National Partnership for Women and Families, National Women’s Law Center, The Service Employees International Union, and UnidosUS

Location: 215 Senate Visitors Center in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center


The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, First St NE, Washington, DC, USA

Additional information

A light breakfast will be served at 9:00 a.m.