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Karen B.
Democrat CA 37

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  • The War on Poverty

    by Representative Karen Bass

    Posted on 2014-01-13

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    BASS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Ms. BASS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to join my colleagues in marking the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty.

    When I was 20 years old, I went to work for the Greater Los Angeles Community Action Agency, which was the administrative agency for the war on poverty in Los Angeles. This experience helped shape my commitment for public service.

    The war on poverty has had a real, lasting, and positive legacy; but there is still much more that needs to be done. According to the U.S. Census, roughly one in three Americans lived in poverty for at least 2 months from 2009 to 2011, one in three.

    Congress needs to make sure that we are doing all we can to help Americans by creating jobs and addressing the structural causes of poverty.

    Without a doubt, the war on poverty was more than a speech; it was a commitment backed up by public policy and resources to help Americans escape the tyranny of poverty. On this golden anniversary, let us return to this commitment in our laws, our programs, and our communities.


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