The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program provides funds to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities. Unfortunately, this legislation misses the mark at lifting people out of poverty.
The CSBG Modernization Act would reauthorize the program for ten years at an increased annual level of $1 billion for the first five years and would authorize “such sums as may be necessary for fiscal years 2028 through 2032.” The bill also increases the income eligibility threshold to 200 percent over the poverty line. This reform would permanently increase the income threshold from the disastrous CARES Act.
If Republicans are serious about addressing the inflation and government spending crises, they should vote against expanding this federal welfare program. Full stop. Rather than doubling down on misguided government programs, lawmakers should be moving to get programs like the CSBG off the books and focus on robust fiscal reform.
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