Budget Matters Blog

Category: Social Insurance, Earned Benefits, & Safety Net


Will Unemployment Be Extended into 2014?

Emergency unemployment benefits expired at the end of December and cut off jobless aid to 1.3 million out-of-work Americans. Whether benefits will be extended is now the top debate in Washington.


War on Poverty: 50 Years Later

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, which renewed a commitment to federal funding for programs to help struggling Americans. Here's a list of resources that illustrate how these federal programs are faring 50 years later.


Millennial Perspective: How to Strengthen Social Security

Social Security is popular because it is a social insurance program that over 58 million Americans depend on to make ends meet.


A Vision for 2014

Congress managed to squeeze through a budget deal just before its Dec. 13 deadline, narrowly avoiding another crisis. Yet there is still a long way to go. January is sure to be action-packed.


Senate Passes Budget Deal; Moves to President's Desk

Yesterday evening in a vote of 64 to 36, the Senate passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.


Food Stamps Were Her Lifeline

In 2011, Emily was 20 years old and living in a homeless shelter.


The Budget Deal and What it Left Behind

Congress leaves some unfinished budget business as it heads out for the holidays.


Who Won and Lost in Today's Budget Deal

Senate Budget Chair Patty Murray, and her House counterpart Rep. Paul Ryan, yesterday reached a deal determining federal spending for the next two years. But who won and who lost?


Food Stamp Cuts in the Time of Thanksgiving

The food stamps program (SNAP) continues to grow, even as the employment picture improves. Time for more SNAP cuts?


Thanksgiving Stories: Cutting Food Stamps

At the beginning of November, more than 47 million low-income Americans saw their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits reduced.