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  • War on Poverty

    by Representative Carolyn B. Maloney

    Posted on 2014-01-08

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    MALONEY of New York asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mrs. CAROLYN B. MALONEY of New York. Mr. Speaker, today is the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson's historic war on poverty, but lately it seems more like a war on the poor.

    Earlier today, at a meeting organized by Congresswoman Lee, President Johnson's daughter, Lynda Johnson Robb, said that she accompanied her father on his historic tour of Appalachia. She said: When Daddy came to this town and was sworn in as President, the poverty level of our country was at 20 percent. When Daddy left this town, it was at 12 percent of the population.

    He made a big difference working with this body in a bipartisan way-- and we can do it again.

    Mr. Speaker, let's pass a jobs plan, raise the minimum wage, restore nutrition assistance and affordable housing assistance, and extend unemployment benefits to help those families get by while they are looking for work.

    As Lyndon Johnson did five decades ago, let us again declare an ``all-out war on human poverty and unemployment in these United States.'' ____________________

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