Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity

Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity

Launched in 2013, the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity works to raise the awareness of Members of Congress and the American people about the ongoing crisis of poverty, the positive human and economic impacts of effective poverty alleviation programs, and the need for a comprehensive national effort to eradicate poverty. The Task Force, which is chaired by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, meets frequently with key stakeholders, advocates, and Administration officials to identify root causes of poverty and support strategies and initiatives aimed at eliminating poverty with the initial goal of cutting poverty in half by 2023.

House Democrats strongly support policies that lift Americans out of poverty and provide them with more opportunities to access the middle class. By raising the minimum wage, supporting affordable housing, preserving critical nutritional assistance programs, increasing access to high-quality health care and education, and continuing efforts to create well-paying jobs here at home, more American families will have the resources and opportunities they need to attain the American Dream.

Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity Related

Today, the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity met with Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director for the Coalition on Human Needs (CHN). The conversation focused on new Census data on poverty, the Republican budget, appropriations, and the effectiveness of anti-poverty programs. 

9/26/17

Today’s report by the U.S. Census Bureau makes one thing abundantly clear: under President Obama’s leadership, our recovery spread across the economic spectrum.

9/12/17

As we mark Hunger Action Month, the Task Force was pleased to welcome Alice Waters to join us for a discussion on child nutrition and access to healthy food.

9/13/16

Last week, Speaker Ryan released the first plank of his “A Better Way” platform. While Speaker Ryan says it is meant to address poverty, he misrepresents the facts about poverty and has repackaged the same discredited policy proposals Republicans have put forward in the past.

Misrepresenting the Facts About Poverty

6/15/16

This morning, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) participated in a panel discussion with Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Gwen Moore (D-WI) at the Center for American Progress. 

6/7/16

This week, Speaker Ryan and House Republicans are beginning to unveil piece of their policy platform, which they call “A Better Way.” The first plank of Speaker Ryan’s agenda is supposed to address poverty, but the plan is just another attempt to rebrand policies that House Republicans have put forward in the past and that we know won’t lift Americans out of poverty.

6/7/16

Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA), chair of the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity, released the following statement today in response to the release of House Republicans' first plank in their "Better Way" agenda, aimed at addressing poverty in America.

6/7/16

Tomorrow, House Speaker Paul Ryan is set to unveil the first plank of his “A Better Way” platform, which he says will put those living in poverty “on the ladder of opportunity, reward work, [and] open our economy so everyone can make the most of their lives.” 

6/6/16

Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA), chair of the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity, released the following statement today in response to today's Republican hearing on poverty in the House Ways and Means Committee. 

5/24/16

Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA), chair of the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity, released the following statement today in response to reports that House Republicans are proposing cuts to nutrition assistance in a spending cut package to help get votes for their budget resolution.

5/13/16

Late on Friday, the Republican Study Committee (RSC) released recommendations for Speaker Ryan’s six Republican task forces. While the recommendations to all six task forces are deeply troubling, the recommendations for the Task Force on Poverty, Opportunity, and Upward Mobility, which are outlined in Strengthening Our Safety Net to Empower People, are particularly egregious in their inaccuracy and callousness.

4/26/16

House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) delivered remarks today at a Steering & Policy Committee hearing on poverty in America. 

4/14/16