December 16, 2010
Should the Disadvantaged Be Spared From the Budget Axe? A Look at the President’s Budget Commission Findings and How They Could Impact the Poor
9 - 11:30 am
1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
The poor, the near-poor, and their children who rely on government benefits to get ahead have more to lose than most if the federal budget implodes. The Budgeting for National Priorities Project at Brookings, in cooperation with Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity and the Hudson Institute, convened two panels of experts to examine the recommendations of the President’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform from the perspective of the disadvantaged.
The first panel examined the commission’s recommendations, focusing on how adequate they are for reducing the deficit, whether additional actions will be necessary to bring the deficit down to an acceptable level, and whether the recommendations will make headway in Congress. The panel was moderated by Ron Haskins, co-director of the Center on Children and Families and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Panelists included Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President, American Action Forum; Rudolph Penner, Institute Fellow, The Urban Institute; Isabel Sawhill, co-director of the Center on Children and Families and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; and Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. (Read Dean's comments here.) The event was broadcast live.