Statements about Poverty

"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."

Says "there are actually more people in poverty now than there were when we started" the War on Poverty.  

Among the nation’s 51 largest metropolitan areas, Milwaukee is the "only one" where the poverty rate is more than "four times greater in the city than it is in the suburbs."

"7 out of 10 Oregon families living in poverty have at least one parent who works."

Half of Oregon university students are on Pell Grants.

Says "nearly half of Oregon's children are poor."

"Why didn't (uninsured Americans) buy insurance? Because of the expense."

Food stamp spending "doubled under President Bush, doubled again under President Obama."  

"More Americans receive food aid than work in (the) private sector."

Says 97 percent of food stamp benefits "are paid in the proper amounts to people who are really eligible."

"Some of these members of the House of Representatives get hundreds of thousands of dollars in farm subsidies" but want to cut food stamps.

Says 70,000 children "have lost their Head Start slots" because of the sequester.

"Half of all hospitalized seniors are suffering from malnutrition so severe that it either caused their illness or it prevents them from getting better."

"70,000 three-year-olds and four-year-olds across America will lose access to the preschool Head Start program. ... 2,000 in the state of Florida alone."

A Wisconsin bill to limit use of food stamps for junk food would also "prevent -- or limit --  the extent to which" food stamps could be used for organic foods.

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