Statements about Poverty
"Nine out of the 10 poorest states are Red states."
"Since 1988, Congress has raised its own salary 15 times 'to reflect rising costs.' But raised the minimum wage only three times."
"Half of all hospitalized seniors are suffering from malnutrition so severe that it either caused their illness or it prevents them from getting better."
"Women make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men."
"There's a tax credit of $2,400 to bond [former inmates] that an employer would get for hiring a convicted felon. There's a federal bonding program -- you can get $5,000 to $25,000 in federal money to hire a convicted felon. And there's federal grants for felons to set up their own small businesses."
Rhode Island has taken its federal Medicaid funding and shown it can run the program more cost-effectively than the federal government.
Brendan Doherty wants "to repeal Obamacare, increasing drug prices for seniors."
"For Social Security, which is projected to remain solvent through 2033, Whitehouse has cosponsored [a bill that] . . . would extend the life of the program by an additional 75 years."
Medicare insurance premiums will be rising to "$120.20 per month in 2013 and $247.00 per month in 2014."
"Two thirds to three quarters of people without [health] insurance in Rhode Island work."
Women "earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men in the same position."
"When these [undocumented] students graduate from college, they're still illegal aliens. They cannot get a job."
"We have one of the highest percentages per capita of nonprofits in this state of any state in the union."
"Rhode Island is leading our nation in foreclosures."
"Eighty-five percent . . . of Rhode Island tax returns that were filed for the year 2010 . . . were from individuals who earned $30,000 or less."
"The studies have shown us that [drug testing for welfare recipients] will be saving us money"
Rhode Island spends "52 percent more per capita on human service programs than the national average."
The WIC program "is an incredibly cost effective program, serving nearly 10 million Americans each year and costing less than $100 per person. In my district, more than 18 percent of residents suffer from food insecurity and depend on WIC to make ends meet."
"We are the most generous in New England and New England is known for its generosity toward its welfare recipients."
Welfare programs caused more long-term damage to Detroit than the atomic bomb caused to Hiroshima
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