Bid to Restore Food Stamp Cuts Fails in Senate

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 10:20 am

Hundreds of thousands of food stamp recipients will lose at least $90 a month in benefits, after an amendment to the farm bill failed badly in the Senate.


Secretary Chu Tries to Spin Away from Obama’s Careless LIHEAP Cuts

By: Saturday April 2, 2011 7:52 am

Energy Secretary Steven Chu spoke to a Christian Science Monitor event yesterday and was asked why the Obama Administration was willing to propose/accept major cuts in LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistant Program, for fiscal year 2012. His response suggests the Administration does not have a principled or coherent answer.

Dear Poor People, Thanks for Going Without Heat So We Can Buy Another Week of War

By: Tuesday February 15, 2011 12:55 pm

It is important to put budget issues in perspective, so I have a simple request that President Obama, the top members of his administration, and his allies in Congress send a hand written version of this letter to constituents.

Misguided Austerity Could Literally Hurt Our Brains and Our Future

By: Monday February 14, 2011 7:15 pm

With Congressional Republicans almost giddy about cutting programs designed to help struggling people and even President Obama proudly showing what a “super serious person” he can be by cutting home heating assistance for poor people, it’s important to reflect on what the latest research says about the long-term damage the extreme stress of poverty and joblessness can cause.

Mishel: Obama Trying to “Pre-empt Very Awful Things By Doing Awful Things”

By: Thursday February 10, 2011 4:50 pm

Responding to the Obama Administration’s apparent decision to cut Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding, Larry Mishel of the Economic Policy Institute says that progressives “are losing the argument at a higher level” about the budget in general, putting all programs and services at risk.

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