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
President Trump’s Administration is flat wrong, and this statement displays its utter ignorance of the poverty challenges our country faces. 
7/13/18
Today, Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) and Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity Chair, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), visited Milwaukee, Wisconsin as part of their Pathways Out of Poverty Listening Tour.
6/29/18
Once again, President Trump is working to pull the rug out from under working families.
6/21/18
The assessment by the United Nations official monitoring global poverty that the Trump Administration’s actions are exacerbating the wealth and income gap in America ought to alarm Americans. 
6/4/18
“Democrats are committed to lifting Americans out of poverty and expanding opportunity for everyone,” said Whip Hoyer.
6/1/18
WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity and the Congressional Black Caucus held a forum entitled, “50 Years After the Kerner Report,” to discuss persistent racial and economic inequalities in America. Panelists, including former U.S.
5/18/18
Clearly, Secretary Carson doesn’t understand how difficult it is for low-income families who are struggling to keep roofs over their heads. 
4/25/18
This executive order is further evidence that President Trump doesn’t understand what it’s like to struggle in our economy.  Democrats want to get more Americans out of poverty and into the workforce, but pulling the rug out from under working families is not the way to do it. 
4/12/18
Today, the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity met with Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), to discuss housing issues.
12/7/17

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