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GOP lawmaker opens Pa. tour to study poverty

By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer

Posted: July 28, 2013

In what advocates for the poor perceive as a puzzling irony, a Republican lawmaker from western Pennsylvania has embarked on a statewide tour to examine and discuss poverty.

Rep. Dave Reed of Indiana County, chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee, said it was time “to truly re-evaluate government’s approach to fighting poverty,” adding that “a discussion on poverty is long overdue.”

All too often, Reed said, “Republicans fail to recognize poverty as a real issue. And Democrats think that throwing more money at issues solves problems.”

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