Statements about Poverty

"We have more women living in poverty in this state than almost anywhere else."

On expanding Medicaid as part of the health care law

"Two-thirds of the people who start out in minimum wage are above the minimum wage within a year."

"Six people in Florida die as a result of (not expanding Medicaid) every day."

"Social Security was advocated … in the 1930s as a way of getting people to quit working, because they thought we were confined to a permanent scarcity of jobs in this country."

"Seventy percent of the people living in abject poverty are women."

"If you have a job in this country, (there's a) 97 percent chance that you're not going to be in poverty."

"Unemployment insurance kept more than 620,000 children out of poverty in 2012."

Marriage "decreases the probability of child poverty by 82 percent."

Nearly 40 percent of his McAllen-area constituents suffer from obesity.

"In my home state, nearly one in five Floridians live in poverty."

"A quarter of our workers make $18,000 per year."

"Every major city which has a center of poverty is run by Democrats. Every major city."

"One-third of all bank tellers (are) on public assistance."

"About 2 percent of Americans get paid the minimum wage."

"Since 1988, Congress has raised its own salary 15 times 'to reflect rising costs.' But raised the minimum wage only three times."

"On (the federal minimum wage of) $7.75, you can’t even make half the poverty level."

"When is a farm bill not a farm bill? When 90 percent of it is for food stamps."

"78702 is the second-most gentrified ZIP code in the entire country."

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