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Commentary: Why Do Richer Families Get More from a Program Designed to Relieve Poverty?
The president’s proposed budget calls for permanently expanding the Child Tax Credit to do what it’s supposed to do: help the most vulnerable families take care of their young people.
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Commentary: The Right Ideas and the Wrong Policy
USDA’s policies point to the right issues but continue to fail to sufficiently support small farmers and curtail agricultural industries consolidation.
SNAP Emergency Allotments Scheduled to Terminate in March
According to hunger relief experts, amending the 2023 Farm Bill is the only sustainable way to shield rural households from increased food insecurity long-term.
Commentary: The Pen Is Mightier than the AR-15
The most powerful national gun rights group is a skilled storyteller. Its narratives have proven time and again to be a powerful tool of political influence.
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Analysis: Final 2023 Budget Maintains Rural Housing Funding at USDA and HUD
Besides support for existing programs for home-owners and renters, the legislation created a new program to improve the conditions of manufactured housing.
Commentary: Primaries in S.C. and N.H. Should Be Seen as Complements, not Competitors
South Carolina and New Hampshire have strong but radically different types of rural perspectives. Moving South Carolina ahead in the primary calendar could help increase candidates’ attention to rural issues, not lessen it.
Commentary: Promises Kept – Democrats Invest in Connecting Federal Resources to Rural Communities
The Biden administration’s Rural Partners Network is looking for local applicants to fill federal liaison positions in eight states and Puerto Rico.
Commentary: Enjoy with Caution
Winning an extra Senate seat in Georgia shouldn’t obscure the fact that the Democrats are still falling behind the GOP in rural America. It’s good to celebrate a win, but Dems need to make sure the brutal race doesn’t turn into a pyrrhic victory.
Gap Between Urban and Rural Congressional Voters Widened in Last 16 Years
Voters in rural areas have become more Republican in their congressional preferences since 2006. Democrats, in the meantime, have held onto their advantage in the central part of the nation’s largest cities.
Commentary: Two Birds with One Stone with Farm Workforce Modernization Act
Lame-duck Session of Congress could address some of the immigration issues and inflation problems by passing legislation now pending in the Senate.