The 50Th Anniversary of the War on Povertyby Representative Gene Green
Posted on 2014-01-08
GREEN of Texas asked and was given permission to address
the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. GENE GREEN of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize the success
and legacy of the war on poverty. The war on poverty, proposed 50 years
ago today in this Chamber by then-President and fellow Texan, Lyndon
Johnson, paved the way towards the enactment of many of our Nation's
most popular and significant Federal programs, including Medicare,
Medicaid, food stamps, Head Start.
These programs, along with Social Security, unemployment insurance, and now the Affordable Care Act, form America's social safety net, which has protected millions of our Nation's children, working adults and elderly from falling into poverty.
Less than 2 weeks ago, through the inaction of this House, 1.3 million Americans, including 65,000 Texans, saw their unemployment insurance disappear. This number will grow to over 3 million in the coming months if action is not taken. This vital lifeline is essential for millions of our fellow Americans who are out of work and struggling to make ends meet.
The 50th anniversary of President Johnson's speech is the perfect opportunity for Congress to show its support for those less fortunate, and I call on this Chamber to bring the legislation to renew Emergency Unemployment today.