Statements about Poverty
Attacks on Planned Parenthood "come at a time when the poverty rate among women is the highest in nearly two decades and 1 in 5 women under 65 don’t have access to health care."
Says the main Central Texas food bank is delivering 50 percent more food to the poor than three years ago.
"New Jersey's poverty rate has increased since this governor took office and the number of New Jerseyans without health insurance has risen."
The 9-9-9 plan "does not raise taxes on those that are making the least."
"More than 25 million Americans are unemployed. More than 50 million live without health insurance. Perhaps 100 million live in poverty."
"Florida is the first state requiring drug testing to receive welfare!"
"Poverty among Americans 65 and over is statistically unchanged" in recent years because of Social Security.
"In (Sen. Marco) Rubio's state of Florida alone, Social Security lifts more than -- count it -- a million people out of poverty."
"The studies have shown us that [drug testing for welfare recipients] will be saving us money"
"Before Medicare, only 51 percent of Americans 65 and older had health care coverage and nearly 30 percent lived below the poverty line. Today, thanks to Medicare ... nearly all seniors have coverage and 75 percent fewer struggle in poverty."
Says a Senate resolution would restore $140 in monthly general assistance payments and prevent people from committing crime.
Since 1965, the United States has spent "untold trillions" yet the poverty rate hasn’t budged.
"Since 2000, nearly 12 million Americans have slipped out of the middle class and into poverty."
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."
"Seventy of Ohio's 88 counties now have more than 25 percent of their residents eligible for emergency food."
"Studies show that people that are on welfare are higher users of drugs than people not on welfare."
"To give a sense of how families are struggling, a record four out of every 10 school kids in Ohio now qualifies for subsidized lunch."
"We are the most generous in New England and New England is known for its generosity toward its welfare recipients."
"Just 400 Americans -- 400 -- have more wealth than half of all Americans combined."
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