Statements about Poverty

"Manufacturing wages today in America on a per-hour basis are actually a bit lower than average wages in the economy as a whole."

"Nine out of the 10 poorest states are Red states."

The percentage of black children born without a father in the home has risen from 7 percent in 1964 to 73 percent today, due to changes from President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society.

"Over the past three years, ‘deep poverty’ has reached its highest level on record."

"In 1968, a full-time worker earning minimum wage, could actually support a family of three above the poverty line. Today, that same worker would earn less than the poverty line for a family of two."

"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."

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