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Trump's budget request: an assault on

low-income people

President Trump’s FY 2018 budget proposal is a devastating assault on low-income

people, state and local budgets, and our shared national interest. In addition to $54

billion in domestic cuts, the budget would slash $1.7 trillion from programs like

Medicaid, nutrition assistance, and TANF. CLASP’s Olivia Golden explained in The

New York Times: “This is overall an assault on a wide range of ordinary Americans

for the purpose of providing tax cuts to the wealthiest.”

Statement on FY2018 budget request

Olivia Golden quoted in New York Times

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CBO Report: Health Bill Would Take Away

Medicaid from 14 Million People

The Congressional Budget Office “score” of the AHCA estimates that 23 million

people would lose health coverage by 2026 under the AHCA—including 14 million

who would lose Medicaid coverage. The AHCA would undo historic gains made

under the ACA, increase the uninsured rate, make coverage less comprehensive and

more expensive, and end Medicaid as we know it.

Statement on the CBO score of the AHCA

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Omnibus Bill Averts Short-Term Crisis,

Yet Threatens Low-income People

President Trump has signed an omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government

through September 30, 2017. The bill rejects Trump’s demands to cut key domestic

programs and build a wall on our southern border. However, it also fails to set adequate

funding levels for programs that help low-income people meet basic needs. Many more

threats loom on the horizon. Trump remains committed to repealing the ACA, passing

tax cuts for the wealthy, and passing a FY2018 Budget that fulfills his deeply misguided

campaign promises.

Statement on the omnibus bill

CLASP translates complex policies into

concrete change for low-income people

Policy Opportunities

CLASP is driving important policy change that helps poor and low-income people, including expanding access to post secondary education and workforce training; improving jobs through paid leave and fair scheduling; providing affordable, high-quality child care and early education; increasing education and employment for youth of color; and strengthening programs to help meet basic needs.


CLASP is a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty nonprofit advancing policy solutions for low-income people. Working at the federal, state, and local levels, we develop practical yet visionary strategies for reducing poverty, promoting economic security, and addressing barriers faced by people of color. We combine a wide range of strategies for maximum impact, including two-generation approaches.

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Clasp_WOAI_logoAbout WIOA Opportunities for Action

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) can help low-income, low-skilled workers overcome barriers to education and employment. CLASP’s Game Plan breaks down what you need to know to implement the law, advocate effectively with decision makers, and help families and individuals climb the economic ladder.

Fighting Back in 2017

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Doubling down in states, keeping the vision alive.  CLASP is standing up against President Trump’s damaging policies and defending programs that work for poor and low-income people.


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