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Hunger in America: A Comprehensive Federal Response

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This policy brief highlights recent developments in the federal response to the hunger crisis resulting from the Covid pandemic and recession. It discusses the valuable policies contained in President Biden’s recent executive orders and the proposed American Rescue Plan legislation, and also identifies additional policies to address hunger, including reducing concentration in the…

PODCAST: Congresswoman Suzan DelBene on “Getting to Yes”

PPI President Will Marshall welcomes Representative Suzan DelBene of Washington State's First District to this episode of the PPI Podcast. The two discuss the Republican party's identity crisis, the issue of Marjorie Taylor Greene, and the need for the GOP to come to the table on a broad relief package. They also talk about DelBene's…

PODCAST: A Better Public Health Approach to Tobacco

For those concerned about nicotine addiction and tobacco consumption, a ban on flavored tobacco might sound like a good idea. But as Nkechi Taifa explains in this week's PPI Podcast, such bans are going to almost entirely fall onto minority communities. Several states are considering or have already banned flavored tobacco. Nkechi Taifa agrees with…

Press

Electric cars are the future. Here’s how to get American drivers interested in them.

Major electric vehicle announcements by President Joe Biden and General Motors are being hailed as a turning point in the transition to widespread EV production and deployment in America. This matters greatly, because this crucial technology can both jump-start U.S. manufacturing to ease the economic and jobs crisis, and rapidly reduce emissions that cause climate change. But there are still serious barriers to EVs. By far…

Report Calls for New National Commitment, Vigorous Response to Hunger and Malnutrition in America

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new brief released today from the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) targets the federal response to the hunger crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and recession. It discusses the valuable policies contained in President Biden’s recent executive orders and the proposed American Rescue Plan legislation and also identifies additional policies to address hunger, including reducing…

Many Roads to a Living Wage

The Congressional Budget Office has dealt another blow to progressive hopes for swift action to raise the U.S. minimum wage to $15 an hour. It released a new study this week estimating that while the wage hike would lift 900,000 Americans out of poverty, it also would cost 1.4 million workers their jobs. Liberal economists…

Blog

The President’s address to Congress is an opportunity to highlight Covid-19 treatments

The United States broke records with the swift development and distribution of new Covid-19 vaccines, but after the Trump administration’s hydroxychloroquine debacle, the focus on treatments was pushed to the side. President Biden has acknowledged that even with the new vaccines, the Covid-19 pandemic will likely linger throughout the year. To save lives, we’ll need…

Biden should ease access to key opioid treatment

From May 2019 to May 2020 the CDC reported over 81,000 overdose deaths from opioids in the United States, the biggest annual death toll to date. In a belated effort to mitigate the crisis, the Trump administration changed regulations to make it easier to access the opioid treatment drug buprenorphine in the waning days of…

PPI Statement on the National Apprenticeship Act of 2021

Last Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to dramatically expand investment and access to apprenticeships with the passage of the National Apprenticeship Act of 2021 under the leadership of Rep. Bobby Scott. This legislation had been passed in November in the last Congress, however, the Republican Senate Majority failed to take up the bill…