Census Report Shows Middle-Class Families Bearing Burden of Presidents
Washington, D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released
the following statement today after the announcement by the Census
Bureau that median household income declined 1.1 percent between
2001 and 2002 and the number of Americans living in poverty increased
for the second year in a row:
announcement by the Census Bureau confirms what many Americans already
know - President Bushs economic policies are making it more
difficult for middle-class families to succeed. After seeing their
incomes increase steadily during the 1990s, middle-class families
are now bearing the burden of President Bushs economic mismanagement,
the worst economic record since Herbert Hoover.
Bushs only economic plan -- ill-advised tax cuts for those
who need them least -- has not created jobs. It has only created
obstacles for Americans working hard to get ahead.
he took office nearly three years ago, President Bush has lost 3.3
million private sector jobs, so it should come as no surprise that
incomes are down and poverty is up. But the Republican response
is astonishing: denying the expanded child tax credit for families
making less than $26,000 a year, underfunding education by $8 billion,
undermining the successful Head Start program, and continuing to
push for more reckless tax cuts for the elite few. These Republican
policies only hurt middle-class families.
are working for everyday Americans. Democrats are fighting to create
jobs with a fair, fast-acting, and fiscally-sound economic plan
that would create more than one million new jobs without adding
one penny to the national debt."