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News Coverage Dec 27, 2021

Politico: Dems’ 2022 prospects hit with one-two blow on economy

“Wendy Edelberg, director of The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution and a former chief economist at the Congressional Budget Office, said the bill shouldn’t be viewed as a major driver of near-term growth or inflation, even though it may lead to somewhat lower GDP next year. ‘There are really important forces that are buffeting the economy right now, and getting the pandemic under control is obviously just the most important thing policymakers can do,’ she said.” 

News Coverage Dec 20, 2021

Marketplace: What Manchin’s derailing of Build Back Better could mean for the economy

“Wendy Edelberg is the director of The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution. We gave her a call to talk about economic forecasting in uncertain times … ‘Keeping in place the full refundability of the Child Tax Credit that’s in Build Back Better would be a game changer for millions of people. Whether GDP grows 4% or 3.5% is not a game changer, particularly in light of all of the forces that are buffeting the economy right now, which could lead to very different GDP numbers.’” 

News Coverage Dec 15, 2021

Associated Press: COVID-expanded child tax credit benefit nears lapse

“Robert Greenstein, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, compared the child tax credit to America’s signature safety net programs — Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — which have been adjusted and changed over the years to become mainstays in American life. He said there are few policies that are more important. Greenstein said the benefit flows not just to the families receiving the cash, but has the potential to bring long-term economic benefits."

News Coverage Aug 19, 2021

The Washington Post: Opinion: When it Comes to Ending Hunger in America, Biden Recognizes that Money Changes Everything

"SNAP benefits offer a demonstration. They are calculated using the Thrifty Food Plan, a formula set decades ago, when few women worked outside the home. The plan presumes both the most economical food choices (such as buying grains or beans in bulk, as opposed to smaller, more prepared quantities) and the least costly prep methods, which might involve hours of work. “We think about food preparation differently now,” says Lauren Bauer, a fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution. “We expected people had an infinite amount of time to soak their beans. But [today,] people purchase canned beans.”

News Coverage Aug 19, 2021

ABC News: Exhausted, Stressed, Drained: It’s ‘Deja Vu’ For Moms as School Year Begins Amid COVID Surge

"What we know is that we were not doing a great job of supporting women and mothers with kids before the pandemic," said Lauren Bauer, a fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution and the mother of a 9-year-old son. "The loss of child care didn't actually affect most of the people with the youngest kids because it was already keeping people out of the labor market because it was unaffordable."

News Coverage Aug 18, 2021

CNBC: Unemployment Benefits Will End Soon for 7.5 Million Americans. These Extended Pandemic-Aid Programs Could Help

“The average increase will be $36.24 more per person, per month, or about $1.19 more per day, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Before the coronavirus pandemic, the average benefit was about $121 per person on a monthly basis. “It’s pretty important for low-income families with kids,” said Lauren Bauer, a fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution and associated with The Hamilton Project.”

News Coverage Aug 16, 2021

The New Yorker: A Monumentally Important Democratic Spending Bill

“Over the weekend, I spoke with Bob Greenstein, a veteran budget expert and advocate for the poor, who is now a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, about the broader spending measure, which could total roughly $3.5 trillion. “As a single bill, this is probably the most far-reaching in the area of social provision, in improving the lives of tens of millions of people, of any since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in the nineteen-sixties.”

Policy Response Aug 16, 2021

Science-based increase in SNAP benefits should result in a healthier citizenry

The Agriculture Department’s announcement that it is revising the food package on which benefit levels in the SNAP program are based to reflect changes in food consumption patterns, research on diet and health, and nutrition guidance is a welcome development. Bob Greenstein recognizes how this action will benefit millions of Americans and should lead to a healthier, more productive citizenry and workforce.

News Coverage Jul 23, 2021

ABC News: Virus’s Impact: More Relaxing and Thinking, Less Socializing

“An analysis of the survey data by the [Hamilton Project at the] Brookings Institution found that mothers of children 12 and under at home spent, on average, more than eight hours on child care. The Brookings analysis also found that working mothers provided 7.4 hours of child care on weekdays in 2020, spending more time than employed fathers, unemployed fathers and fathers not in the labor force. ‘Child care is now a full-time job for mothers,’ said Lauren Bauer, a fellow in economic studies at Brookings. “They’re spending more than eight hours a day doing child care, and their work hours have suffered. Even if they’re juggling both child care responsibilities and working, they’re now working less than they would before.”