Rachel West

Rachel West

Rachel West is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Center for American Progress’s Poverty to Prosperity Program. Follow her on Twitter: @rwest817

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"These contracts will have volume requirements that smaller farms will not be able to meet, but they’ll open the door wide to America’s “Big Ag” lobbyists—including those with close ties to Trump’s Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue." (Photo: RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Yes, Replacing Food Stamps With a Blue Apron-Style Delivery System Is As Bad As It Sounds
Yesterday, the Trump administration released its fiscal year 2019 budget . For the most part, it’s similar to last year’s proposal: massive cuts to safety net programs, a big boost in military spending, and very Trump-ed up estimates of economic growth. But this year, tucked into the Department of...
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At a time when 44 percent of Americans couldn’t come up with $400 in an emergency—and 9 in 10 prefer economic stability to greater economic mobility—Americans aren’t asking for ponies, presents, or parades. And they’re really not asking for massive tax cuts for millionaires, billionaires, and corporations. Views
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
For the Cost of Repealing the Estate Tax, Congress Could Buy Everyone in America a Pony
You know how you’ve always wanted a pony? How as a child you dreamed of feeding carrots and sugar cubes out of the palm of your hand to a little chestnut-colored horse named Maple? It may sound fanciful to adults, but President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress put together a wish...
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Thursday, May 04, 2017
Congressional Democrats’ $15 Minimum Wage Bill, Explained
Last week, Democratic leaders in the Senate—including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Patty Murray, and Charles Schumer— announced legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024. Five years ago, when fast-food workers formed the Fight for $15 movement, it seemed like a pipe dream...
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Friday, March 31, 2017
The Labor Secretary Nominee Promised to Defer to Trump. That’s a Problem for Workers.
Last week’s political news was dominated by the stunning failure of congressional Republicans’ health care bill. The resulting chaos will ultimately preserve health insurance for 24 million Americans, but it allowed the March 22 confirmation hearing for Alexander Acosta, President Trump’s second...
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