@ Brookings Podcast: Automatic Spending Cuts and Programs for the Poor

The failure of the congressional super committee to reach a budget accord means that the budget ax will fall across many domestic spending programs and defense spending in the next fiscal year, including a number of programs that help the poor.  Senior Fellow Ron Haskins says that while the automatic budget cuts will do some harm to some anti-poverty programs, the largest and most important programs – including Medicaid and Social Security – have been largely shielded.