US Politics in Trump era Public date: 14.11.2019 12:15:01

24 Jul 2019

Trump Administration Circumvents Congress For Food Benefit Cuts (Again)

The Trump administration is reviving another food benefit cut that Republicans couldn’t get through Congress.   Under a new proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, states would lose some flexibility to set eligibility standards for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ― commonly known as food stamps ― which would push 3 million people out of the program.
The Trump administration is reviving another food benefit cut that Republicans couldn’t get through...
17 Jul 2019

Thousands of Children Will Be Made Homeless Under Trump’s New Plan

In 1968 — just a week after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination — Congress passed the Fair Housing Act, or FHA. The law secured everyone’s right to housing regardless of race, national origin, disability, familial status, sex, or religion. The FHA protects people from discrimination when they’re renting, getting a mortgage, or seeking housing assistance — including applying for public housing or housing vouchers. Now the Trump administration is going against that legacy, proposing a regulation that will target immigrant families living in government-subsidized housing.
In 1968 — just a week after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination — Congress passed the Fair Housing Act, or...
26 Jun 2019

Conservatives Ask: Is Inclusionary Zoning Unconstitutional?

When it comes to conservatives and the U.S. Supreme Court, abortion and labor rights are often considered among their prime targets. Brett Kavanaugh’s ascension to the court last fall, though, opened the road for a host of other challenges for which conservatives have quietly been laying the groundwork for years. This month, the Pacific Legal Foundation, a conservative law firm based in California, made moves on one of those fronts, asking the Supreme Court to take up a case challenging the constitutionality of inclusionary zoning — a popular tool cities and states employ to increase affordable housing and promote residential integration.
When it comes to conservatives and the U.S. Supreme Court, abortion and labor rights are often considered among their...
25 Jun 2019

Despite new law, Trump administration has not given Puerto Rico emergency food stamp aid

The Trump administration has not yet given Puerto Rico $600 million in food stamp aid more than two weeks after the president signed the emergency funding into law, according to federal and territory officials
The Trump administration has not yet given Puerto Rico $600 million in food stamp aid more than two weeks after the...
13 Mar 2019

Trump’s 2020 budget proposes $1 trillion cut to Medicare, Medicaid

The White House released its 2020 budget proposal on Monday, proposing more than $1 trillion in cuts to the popular programs Medicare and Medicaid and giving insight into what the executive branch would do if Congress didn’t control the federal government’s pocketbook. The most notable cut comes out of Medicaid, a health program for people who are low-income or have a disability, which Trump proposes cutting by more than $700 billion over 10 years.
The White House released its 2020 budget proposal on Monday, proposing more than $1 trillion in cuts to the popular...
13 Feb 2019

Trump offers socialism for the rich, capitalism for everyone else

America will never be a socialist country,” Donald Trump declared in his State of the Union address. Someone should alert Trump that America is now a hotbed of socialism. But it is socialism for the rich. Everyone else is treated to harsh capitalism. In the conservative mind, socialism means getting something for doing nothing. That pretty much describes the $21bn saved by the nation’s largest banks last year thanks to Trump’s tax cuts, some of which went into massive bonuses for bank executives.
America will never be a socialist country,” Donald Trump declared in his State of the Union address. Someone should...
16 Jan 2019

‘A crisis like we’ve never seen’: Native communities shed light on government shutdown’s impacts

In the first congressional hearing at which Native members of Congress were present, Democratic representatives on Tuesday heard directly from Native American communities that are being devastated by the ongoing partial government shutdown, which this week became the longest in U.S. history.
In the first congressional hearing at which Native members of Congress were present, Democratic representatives on...

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28 Dec 2018

Trump Administration Enforces Law That Withdraws Food Stamps from Thousands of Georgia Residents

Because the Trump Administration is hell-bent on inventing new ways to fuck with marginalized groups, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Georgia has decided to be especially cruel to food stamp recipients. As nearly 8,000 people have had their SNAP benefits rescinded between April and October—nearly a 2o-fold increase from 2017.
Because the Trump Administration is hell-bent on inventing new ways to fuck with marginalized groups, the Atlanta...
17 Oct 2018

McConnell Calls For Cutting Government Programs To Deal With ‘Disturbing’ Debt

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called on Congress to rein in major government programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security in order to slow America’s spiraling national debt on Tuesday, ignoring the fact the tax plan he recently passed has fueled further growth in that number.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called on Congress to rein in major government programs like Medicare,...

Publisher: The Guardian

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20 Sep 2018

A year after Hurricane Harvey, some cleanup workers are still unpaid

One year on from Hurricane Harvey – and as the true scale of the mess left by Hurricane Florence emerges in the Carolinas – the cleanup work in Houston still continues. And workers still digging out from the mess are fearful that they may not get paid.
One year on from Hurricane Harvey – and as the true scale of the mess left by Hurricane Florence emerges in the...
13 Sep 2018

Social Security, food stamps, other programs kept 44 million people out of poverty

The US Census Bureau just dropped its annual load of statistics on American poverty and income, and the data shows that 2017 was a good year for many Americans, and not-so-great for others. On the upside: 2.4 million more people snagged full-time jobs, the median household income ticked up, and poverty rates dropped slightly. The bottom 10 percent of US households — earning an average income of $14,219 — saw their incomes fall slightly compared to the previous year, adjusting for inflation.
The US Census Bureau just dropped its annual load of statistics on American poverty and income, and the data shows that...
26 Jun 2018

Trump’s GOP is looking to deeply cut food stamps — hitting his voters hard

If Republicans succeed in their multi-front campaign to cut back on food stamps, the burden will fall heaviest on the working-class, rural white voters on whom President Trump has staked the future of their party.
If Republicans succeed in their multi-front campaign to cut back on food stamps, the burden will fall heaviest on the...
23 Jun 2018

An explosive U.N. report shows America’s safety net was failing before Trump’s election

A new United Nations report is getting plenty of national media attention for predicting President Trump will exacerbate hardships for America's poor by weakening the nation's safety net. Among countries in the developed world, the report says, America already  has the highest rates of youth poverty, infant mortality, incarceration, income inequality and obesity.
A new United Nations report is getting plenty of national media attention for predicting President Trump...

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22 Jun 2018

Behind Trump’s Plan to Overhaul the Government: Scaling Back the Safety Net

President Trump, spurred on by conservatives who want him to slash safety net programs, unveiled on Thursday a plan to overhaul the federal government that could have a profound effect on millions of poor and working-class Americans.
President Trump, spurred on by conservatives who want him to slash safety net programs, unveiled on...
26 Apr 2018

HUD Secretary Ben Carson to propose tripling rent for some low-income Americans receiving federal housing subsidies

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson onWednesdaywill propose tripling the amount the poorest households are expected to pay for rent as well as encourage those receiving housing subsidies to work, according to the  administration’s legislative proposal obtained by The Washington Post.
U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson onWednesdaywill propose tripling the...
12 Feb 2018

White House Proposes $4.4 Trillion Budget That Adds $7 Trillion to Deficits

President Trump on Monday sent Congress a $4.4 trillion budget with steep cuts in domestic programs and entitlements, including Medicare, and large increases for the military, envisioning deficits totaling at least $7.1 trillion over the next decade. The blueprint, which has little to no chance of being enacted as written, amounts to a vision statement by Mr. Trump, whose plan discards longtime  Republican orthodoxy about balancing the budget, instead embracing last year’s $1.5 trillion tax cut and new spending on a major infrastructure initiative.
President Trump on Monday sent Congress a $4.4 trillion budget with steep cuts in domestic programs and...
21 Jun 2017

Trump seeks sharp cuts to housing aid, except for program that brings him millions

President Trump’s budget calls for sharply reducing funding for programs that shelter the poor and combat homelessness — with a notable exception: It leaves intact a type of federal housing subsidy that is  paid directly to private landlords.One of those landlords is Trump himself, who earns millions of dollars each year as a part-owner of Starrett City, the nation’s largest subsidized housing complex. Trump’s 4 percent stake in the Brooklyn complex earned him at least $5 million between January of last year and April 15, according to his recent financial disclosure.
President Trump’s budget calls for sharply reducing funding for programs that shelter the poor and combat...

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9 Mar 2017

Who Wins and Who Loses Under Republicans’ Health Care Plan

Maps comparing tax credits under the Affordable Care act and those in the plan House Republicans recently released across groups of incomes and ages. The biggest losers under the change would be older Americans with low incomes who live in high-cost areas. Those are the people who benefitedmost from Obamacare.
Maps comparing tax credits under the Affordable Care act and those in the plan House Republicans recently released...

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