WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Steve Southerland, the Republican Study Committee’s Anti-Poverty Initiative chairman, hosted a press conference this morning with other RSC members marking the 50th anniversary of America’s War on Poverty. Despite more than $15 trillion being spent to fight poverty, 46.5 million Americans continue to live below the poverty line.
“As we mark the 50th anniversary of America’s War on Poverty, it’s clear we are instead locked in battle of attrition that’s left more people in poverty than ever before,” said Southerland. “The Big Government ideas of the past aren’t working. History has taught us that bigger budgets aren’t going to solve America’s poverty challenges. That’s why House Republicans are committed to improving educational opportunities, strengthening two-parent families, and ensuring the long-lasting job growth necessary to provide vulnerable individuals with a renewed opportunity for earned success.”
Southerland was joined at the press conference by RSC Chairman Steve Scalise, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, Rep. Jim Jordan, Rep. James Lankford, and Rep. Marlin Stutzman.