Senator Murray Holds Economic Outlook Hearing

Hill Update: Congressman Ryan’s Poverty Report

Senator Murray Holds Economic Outlook Hearing On February 25, 2014, the Senate Budget Committee held a hearing titled “The Economic and Budget Outlook for Individuals, Families and Communities.”

In her opening statement, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) highlighted the struggles American families still face in the aftermath of the economic downturn. Witnesses discussed how they have been affected by the federal budget and ways the budget could effectively invest in them.

On February 27, 2014, Senator Murray, chair of the Senate Budget Committee, issued a memorandum to Senate democrats regarding the current, improved fiscal outlook in the United States.

In the memorandum, Sen. Murray called on Senate democrats to build upon the progress they have made toward deficit reduction and the bipartisan foundation they worked to establish with the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. Sen. Murray further called upon the legislators to move past manufactured budget crises and instead focus on creating jobs, expanding opportunity, and generating economic growth.

And on March 3, 2014, Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), chair of the House Budget Committee, released an extensive, 204-page report examining the history, structure, cost, and evidence on the effectiveness of poverty programs. The report includes a lengthy section on housing programs. The report aims to begin the conversation about future reforms to anti-poverty programs. It nonetheless discussed the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program in favorable terms, highlighting the effectiveness of rapid re-housing and the cost-savings of permanent supportive housing.

Click here for more information on the Economic Outlook Hearing.

Click here to read Senator Murray’s memo.

Click here to read Congressman Ryan’s report.