President Trump's cabinet choices put
low-income people at risk
despite concerns from policy experts as well as millions of Americans. In a
historically close vote, Vice President Mike Pence broke a 50-50 tie to confirm
Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. Tom Price's margin was similarly narrow
(52-47). DeVos and Price have taken troubling policy positions that imperil
anti-poverty programs like Pell, Medicaid, child care assistance, and TANF.
Statement on Betsy DeVos
Statement on Tom Price
Block-granting Medicaid would reduce
access to health care
block-granting Medicaid. This restructuring of Medicaid financing, which is
completely unnecessary, would undermine state budgets and reduce access to
health care. In a new report, CLASP draws on lessons learned from TANF and
CCDBG to demonstrate how block grants would hurt Medicaid.
Realizing Youth Justice: Guiding Principles in
the Trump Era
A new report from CLASP provides guiding principles for advancing youth justice in
an increasingly challenging political climate. The new Administration has vowed to
accelerate failed policy ideas that would deepen the impacts of mass incarceration and
Read the report
CLASP translates complex policies into
concrete change for low-income people
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.
Publications and Events
• How We Can Support Women and Families By Repealing the State TANF Family Caps | Wednesday, February 22
• Threats to the ACA and Medicaid: What’s at Stake for Children | Tuesday, February 28
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.
CLASP’s custom, easy-to-use tool provides select demographic and administrative data on programs that affect low-income families and individuals.
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