Capitolwire: House GOP says more needs to be done to combat poverty, offers some ideas

By Chris Comisac
Bureau Chief

HARRISBURG (April 28) – Calling it the “closing of one chapter and the beginning of a new chapter,” House Majority Policy Committee Chairman Dave Reed, R-Indiana, on Monday announced the findings of a preliminary report about poverty in Pennsylvania.

Reed said that in 2014 “46 million Americans in poverty” of which 1.6 million are Pennsylvania residents “and spending $1 trillion annually” on anti-poverty programs “is unacceptable.”

However, instead of just assessing blame, he said the “Empowering Opportunities: Gateways Out of Poverty” initiative is focused on finding long-term solutions to poverty.

“To many people, the discussion on poverty in America never moves beyond the talking points of our major political parties,” Reed added. “I hope that with this initiative, we have started a conversation that moves beyond empty rhetoric and into a discussion on changes that will increase the effectiveness of our anti-poverty programs and improve lives across the Commonwealth.”


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