Statements about Poverty
When Republicans last controlled the presidency and Congress, "the number of people on food stamps (and) the number of people in low-income housing went through the roof."
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."
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.
The United States spends "$2.2 billion on free cell phones, $27 million on Moroccan pottery classes" and pays for "the travel expenses for the watermelon queen in Alabama."
Two-thirds of Wisconsinites receiving unemployment checks "are not required to search for work due to current work search exemptions."
Among Milwaukee Public Schools students, "86 percent are behind in reading and 80 percent are behind in math."
"One out of every four students fails to earn a high school diploma. In our major cities across America, half of our kids don’t graduate."
Says Gov. Scott Walker approved a "gutting" of two tax credits that help the poor and elderly.
Says Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is making voting more difficult by closing Department of Motor Vehicles offices where "low-income voters" live.
"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."
"Just 400 Americans -- 400 -- have more wealth than half of all Americans combined."
"I represent the fourth-poorest (congressional) district" in the nation.
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