Beyond Stimulus: Shoring Up the Safety Net, Securing the American Dream


Publication Date: November 2008

Publisher: Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Amy-Ellen Duke

Research Area: Social conditions

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The United States is entering into a recession which many will be longer and more severe than any we have faced in recent decades. As Congress and the new President consider what actions to take, CLASP calls for a package that goes beyond stimulus aimed at temporarily boosting consumer demand.

This paper outlines actions that Congress should take immediately to strengthen safety net programs that provide critical assistance to vulnerable workers and families and to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to share in the benefits of recovery.