Roundtable on the 2021 Poverty/Opportunity Policy Landscape

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Spotlight, AEI, and Brookings hosted a conversation about poverty and opportunity policy proposals most likely to get bipartisan traction in a new era of a Biden administration and a closely-divided Congress. The event featured the voices of policy experts on both sides of the aisle and key topics  included COVID-19 relief to low-income communities, SNAP increases, family and medical leave, the continuing legislative battle over the Affordable Care Act, and more.

Panelists included:

  • Camille Busette, Senior Fellow of Economic Studies, Governance Studies, Metropolitan Policy Program; Director of Race, Prosperity, and Inclusion Initiative, Brookings Institution
  • Robert Doar, President and Morgridge Scholar, American Enterprise Institute;
  • Richard Reeves, John C. and Nancy D. Whitehead Chair and Senior Fellow of Economic Studies; Director of Future of the Middle Class Initiative; Director of Center on Children and Families, Brookings Institution
  • Avik Roy, President, The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity
  • Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council under President Obama (2011–2014) and President Clinton (1997–2001)
  • Scott Winship, Resident Scholar and Director of Poverty Studies, American Enterprise Institute

The conversation was moderated by Jason DeParle, reporter, The New York Times; Author of A Good Provider is One Who Leaves. 


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