Capitol Hill Briefing: Reducing Wealth Inequality and Protecting Consumers at Tax Time and Beyond

Thursday, February 2, 2017

9 a.m. – Noon EST


How can federal policymakers, researchers and advocates support policies that not only help low-income Americans build wealth but also retain it? Tax Credits for Workers and their Families (TCWF) and the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) invite you to a February 2 Capitol Hill briefing to outline actions Congress can take to strengthen proven safety net programs, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), while ensuring consumer protection.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who has sponsored legislation to expand the EITC, and Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI), a longtime advocate for low-wage workers and their families, will deliver keynote remarks. Each keynote will be followed by a panel discussion featuring leading researchers, policy experts and advocates.

First Panel Discussion: “Building Wealth: Reducing Wealth Inequality”

  • Chye-Ching Huang, Senior Tax Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Jeremie Greer, Vice President, Policy & Research, CFED
  • Rebecca Vallas, Managing Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress
  • Marie van Luling, Chief Government Relations Officer, H&R Block
  • Ida Rademacher, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Financial Security Program (Moderator)

Second Panel Discussion: “Protecting Wealth: Battling Financial Volatility With Financial Inclusion and Consumer Protection”

  • Clinton Key, Research Officer, Financial Security and Mobility, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • David Newville, Director of Government Affairs, CFED
  • Lauren Saunders, Associate Director (Washington D.C. Office), National Consumer Law Center
  • Aracely Panameño, Director of Latino Affairs, Center for Responsible Lending (Moderator)

A light breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. and event activities will commence at 9:30 a.m. The event is free but space is limited. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP by Monday, Jan. 30.