Rebecca Vallas

Rebecca Vallas

Rebecca Vallas is the Associate Director of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018
Trump's Executive Order on 'Welfare' Is Designed to Pit Workers Against One Another
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that sums up how little he understands about poverty in America. The order, titled “Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility,” carries little weight by itself. It directs a broad range of federal...
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Seema Verma (R) speaks during a swearing-in ceremony, officiated by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (L), in the Vice President's ceremonial office at Eisenhower Executive Building March 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. Verma has been sworn in to be the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the Trump Administration. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Tennessee Wants to Use Funding Meant for Poor Families to Kick People Off Medicaid
Nashville Public Radio reported over the weekend that the Tennessee legislature is finalizing legislation that would add work requirements to the state’s Medicaid program, kicking at least 3,700 Tennessee workers off their health care. The state’s Republican leaders appear to have no qualms about...
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Saturday, March 03, 2018
The Leaked Rule That Could Ban Immigrants Based on Income, Explained by Experts
Earlier this month, leaked documents revealed that the Trump administration is preparing new rules that would effectively end the United States’ family-based immigration system. If implemented, the regulation would prevent low-income and working-class immigrants from entering the country by denying...
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"So there’s a connection being made between his negative behaviors and his unpopular policies that people are explaining by this labeling. You’re saying that by extension people who themselves have mental health disabilities, mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and so forth are being implicated in these negative behaviors." (Photo: Lesley Becker/Globe Staff) Views
Monday, January 15, 2018
Why We Need to Stop Calling Trump ‘Crazy’ When We Really Mean ‘Dangerous’
Questions about President Donald Trump hit a fever pitch this week following his tweets about the size and potency of his nuclear button. Of course, such questions are nothing new. Throughout the campaign and Trump’s first year in office, news articles, op-eds, and tweets critical of him have...
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Instead of Shaming the Poor, Let’s Raise the Minimum Wage
Yesterday I joined Fox and Friends for what they billed, in typical Fox News fashion, as a “fair and balanced debate.” The topic was a Maine mayor’s call to publish the names and addresses of all recipients of public assistance online as a sort of “poverty-offender registry.” Mayor Robert MacDonald...
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Monday, June 22, 2015
Orange is the New Black is Dead Wrong About Disability
SPOILER ALERT: This article discusses events within the first episode of Season 3. Et tu, Orange is the New Black ? The Netflix drama is back with a third season, and if you’re like me, it monopolized the better part of the last two weekends. The show deserves credit for sparking dialogue and...
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Thursday, March 12, 2015
Why Congress Should Pass the REDEEM Act
At a time of historic polarization in Washington, one issue has garnered strong bipartisan support: criminal justice reform. Exhibit A is the list of strange bedfellows who have recently joined forces through the “transpartisan” Coalition for Public Safety . This new effort has brought together...
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Thursday, January 15, 2015
Social Security Disability Insurance: A Primer for Rand Paul (and Everyone Else)
Well, that was fast. Congress hasn’t been back even two weeks, and the conservative attacks on Social Security are already in full swing. As ThinkProgress reported last week, House conservatives kicked off the 114 th Congress—literally on Day One—with a midnight rule change that prohibits a routine...
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Monday, October 13, 2014
How We Punish People for Being Poor
This past weekend, I was part of a panel discussion on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry with New York Times reporter Michael Corkery, whose reporting on the rise in subprime auto loans is as horrifying as it is important. In what seems a reprisal of the predatory practices that led up to the subprime...
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Saturday, September 20, 2014
Disability is a Cause and Consequence of Poverty
Disability is both a cause and consequence of poverty. It is a cause because it can lead to job loss and reduced earnings, barriers to education and skills development, significant additional expenses, and many other challenges that can lead to economic hardship. It is also a consequence because...
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