EVENT ADVISORY: How ‘Work Requirement’ Proposals Would Take Health Insurance, Food, and Housing Away from Struggling Workers


Washington, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — Taking away food, shelter, and health care from jobless workers won’t solve the labor market problems they face, yet that is exactly what President Donald Trump and some of his colleagues in the U.S. Congress are proposing to do. While they call their proposals “work requirements,” what these policies would do in practice is punish unemployed or underemployed workers for not being able to find a job with enough hours and penalize those who face barriers to work. With House Republicans set to unveil a partisan Farm Bill in the coming days proposing deep cuts to nutrition assistance under the guise of so-called workforce development, this discussion will be particularly timely.

Center for American Progress

On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, the Center for American Progress and partners will hold a conversation and expert panel highlighting the harmful consequences of so-called work requirements, public opinion regarding current proposals, and the policies that would actually help struggling workers get ahead. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) will deliver a keynote on how these proposals are part and parcel of partisan efforts to dismantle the nation’s health care system, and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) will speak to proposals to slash the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through the Farm Bill.

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Opening remarks:
Olivia Golden, Executive Director, Center for Law and Social Policy

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)

Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), House Committee on Agriculture

Melissa Boteach, Senior Vice President, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress

Featured panelists:
Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Co-Executive Director, Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality
Marty Ford, Senior Executive Officer, Public Policy Office, The Arc of the United States
Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO, National Women’s Law Center
LaDonna Pavetti, Vice President, Family Income Support Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Moderated by:
Rebecca Vallas, Vice President, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress


Tuesday, April 10, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET


The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Senate Meeting Room 215
First St NE, Washington, D.C. 20515

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