The President’s Budget 2025

This year the President’s budget was released on Monday, March 11, 2024. The fiscal year (FY) 2025 budget begins on October 1, 2024. This is the fourth budget for the Biden Administration. Due to the unusual FY 2024 budget situation, it was delayed by one month from the statutory first Monday in February outlined under

The State of the Union Address 2024

On Thursday, March 7, 2024, President Biden delivered his third State of the Union Address before members of Congress, Supreme Court Justices, and invited guests. He used the opportunity to highlight policy advancements that have happened during his administration, declared that “the State of the Union is strong and getting stronger.” The President started with

Congress Passes First Set of Appropriations Bills

Congress passed the first six Appropriations bills for 2024 last week. On Wednesday, March 6th, 2024, the House voted 339-85 to advance the package to the Senate; because the bills did not go through the Rules Committee, Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) had to rely on significant support from House Democrats to get the 2/3 majority

Promoting Health Equity Webinar

On February 27th, Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), in partnership with the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), hosted a panel-led webinar entitled “Promoting Health Equity Through Economic Opportunity.” The webinar highlighted discussion around the impact economic stability or mobility can have on a family’s overall health and well-being. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, a plethora of families

House Field Hearing on Housing Policy

The Housing and Insurance Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee held a field hearing on Thursday, February 22, 2024, “Restoring Prosperity in American Communities: Examining the Failures of Status Quo Housing Policy.” Chairman Davidson (OH-R) stated that the American people have been adversely impacted by bad government decisions and failed federal housing policies. Further,

House Subcommittee Hearing on Lowering Healthcare Costs

On January 31st, 2024, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled “Health Care Spending in the United States: Unsustainable for Patients, Employers, and Taxpayers,” which discussed the rising costs of healthcare. Subcommittee on Health Chair Mr. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) led the hearing by emphasizing his commitment to “continuing

Senate Judiciary Hearing about Online Safety

On Wednesday, January 31, 2024, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing where five CEOs of major social media platforms were subpoenaed. Mark Zuckerberg was in attendance representing Meta, Linda Yaccarino for X Corp. (formerly known as Twitter), Evan Spiegel for Snap Inc., Jason Citron for Discord Inc., and Shou Chew for TikTok Inc. Throughout

Maternity Care in Rural Hospitals

In January, the online news platform, Axios, published a brief article highlighting the impacts that current economic and staffing challenges have had on rural hospitals across the United States. The issues faced by the healthcare institutions have led many located outside of city areas to begin to reduce their maternity services for expectant mothers and

Taking a Fresh Look at Summer Meals

On Thursday, February 1, 2024, the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) hosted a webinar entitled Taking a Fresh Look at Summer Meals. The organization emphasized the overall importance of these nutritional programs for children, which support youth physical and mental well-being and development. Students have the opportunity to obtain nutritious meals during the summer,

Housing Supports and Child Welfare Involvement

On January 30, 2024, Chapin Hall held a webinar titled Decreasing Child Welfare Involvement through Housing Supports: An Evaluation of Bringing Families Home (BFH). Senior research fellow Amy Dworsky started the webinar by explaining that families experiencing homelessness have a higher risk of child welfare involvement than similar families with low income with stable housing.

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