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Anti-poverty groups condemn RAISE Act,

DACA under threat

The recently introduced Dream Act of 2017 would provide “Dreamers” a path to

citizenship. However, despite this bi-partisan bill, Dreamers and other immigrants are

under severe threat. Ten states have demanded that President Trump rescind the

DACA program by September 17. Meanwhile, CLASP and 170 other anti-poverty

groups have condemned the RAISE Act, legislation that would drastically reduce

immigration to the U.S.

Statement on the RAISE Act

Blog post on DACA

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Care Act

Senate Rejects Repeal of Affordable

The U.S. Senate has rejected three separate proposals to repeal the Affordable

Care Act (ACA), preventing tens of millions of people from losing their

Read CLASP's press statement

health insurance. The vote is the culmination of months of passionate

advocacy by organizations and individuals across the country.


“Everybody Got Their Go-Throughs”:

Young Adults on the Frontlines of Mental Health

CLASP’s new report and infographics highlight the racial and economic justice

implications of the Medicaid expansion and why the Affordable Care Act’s mental health

parity and prevention provisions are essential for low-income young adults. The report

also outlines a set of principles for mental health policy and practice. Our related health

justice fact sheet also outlines the top five ways the ACA has changed the game for low-

income young adults and the top five threats to low-income young adults under Republican

health proposals.

Report and infographics

Health justice fact sheet

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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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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

Fighting Back Strategy

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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