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Susannah R. Cohen

After much anticipation, House Republicans published their version of tax overhaul on Thursday, November 2. With the full text coming in at 429 pages, and the summary coming in at 76, this bill is incredibly complex. While we continue to explore the bill, a few topline items have risen to our attention given their impact on the wellbeing of the most vulnerable Americans.

Deficit increase: The reconciliation instructions that set the parameters for the tax bill allow it to add up to $1.5 trillion to the deficit. This provision raises two concerns: first, studies of earlier versions...

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October 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence launched a Day of Unity in 1981, and expanded it into a full month in 1987. Over its history, DVAM has served to connect advocates across the country and bring domestic violence to the forefront of the national political conversation.

Jewish tradition takes a strong stance against domestic violence. Our texts promote shalom bayit, or peace in the home. Maimonides explained that ‘a man should honor his wife more than he honors himself, and...

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On Wednesday, September 27, the Trump Administration, along with Republicans on the House Committee on Ways and Means and Senate Committee on Finance, released their framework for altering the tax system. While leaving the details to the Senate and House committees, the framework does offer some insight into the major changes this tax plan proposes to enact. 

On the individual...

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On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, the United States Census Bureau released its data for 2016. These data show a continuation of very positive trends towards reducing poverty, and reaffirm our confidence in the role of social safety net programs in achieving this goal. These insights are particularly important as Congress and the President seek to solidify the budget and delve into tax reform in the coming weeks.

Arguably the most notable statistic is that, for the first time since the Census Bureau started collecting the data in 1988, income, poverty, and health coverage...

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