Washington, DC – Today Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, issued the following statement on Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s newest poverty proposal:
“This year marked the 50th anniversary of President Johnson declaring a War on Poverty, and earlier this year the Council of Economic Advisers released a report that showed that, without the antipoverty measures that we’ve taken since that time, 45 million more Americans would be in poverty today. Still, there are 50 million Americans in poverty now, and we all want to find a way to address this problem. Democrats have made clear that we welcome any constructive ideas that can reduce poverty, but we oppose any plan that uses the sunny language of reform as a guise to gut successful poverty-fighting efforts.
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