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  • War on Poverty

    by Representative Barbara Lee

    Posted on 2014-01-08

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    LEE of California asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.) Ms. LEE of California. Mr. Speaker, as cochair of the Congressional Black Caucus' Taskforce on Poverty and the Economy and chair of the Democratic whip's Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity, I join my colleagues today in marking President Lyndon Baines Johnson's 1964 State of the Union address.

    Fifty years ago, President Johnson boldly declared an unconditional war on poverty. For the next 50 days, Members will be giving 50 speeches on the floor in continuing this war for economic justice.

    I am so pleased and honored that President and Lady Bird Johnson's eldest daughter, Mrs. Lynda Johnson Robb, accepted our invitation to join us here today. She is here in the gallery. I just want to say to her that she exemplifies President and Mrs. Johnson's commitment and the leadership required to fight poverty and build a great society. She visited Appalachia with her daddy, as she told us earlier, and reminded us today that this was a bipartisan and bicameral effort requiring leadership from the White House.

    President Johnson's war on poverty created critical antipoverty programs such as Head Start, Job Corps, food stamps, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

    As President Johnson said 50 years ago: It will not be a short or easy struggle, no single weapon or strategy will suffice, but we shall not rest until the war is won.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore (Mr. Poe of Texas). Members are reminded not to refer to attendees in the gallery.


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