Pelosi Statement on Republicans’ Wrong Way Poverty Agenda

Jun 7, 2016
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Evangeline George, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after House Republicans unveiled the poverty portion of the so-called “A Better Way” agenda:

“Congress needs to come together on policies that lift struggling families out of poverty – not punish them.  Sadly, beneath the sugary rhetoric of the poverty proposal unveiled today, Republicans are advancing the same callous, trickle down policies they’ve been pushing for years.  

“No matter what new language they are using, the vast majority of House Republicans’ legislation has consistently shown families in poverty nothing but indifference and contempt.  Instead of offering a hand up, Republicans have time and again chosen to worsen the impact of poverty, weaken the ladders of opportunity, and demonize hungry families who are just trying to feed their children.  In budget after budget, Republicans have tried to slash Medicaid and nutrition assistance, eliminate Head Start, and devastate key initiatives that help Americans overcome poverty – with $3.7 trillion in cuts to vital anti-poverty initiatives in the most recent Republican budget proposal alone.

“Republicans’ tired, trickle down agenda is not a better way, it’s the wrong way.  Donald Trump has exposed the true heart of House Republicans’ agenda of recklessness, obstruction and discrimination.  Republicans’ half-hearted rebrand of their special interest priorities will do nothing to distract from the radicalism of Republicans’ standard-bearer or House Republicans’ longstanding disdain for people in poverty.”

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