Bill to Cut Poverty in Half Over Next Ten Years Introduced in Congress
November 4, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty
Anti-poverty advocates welcomed the arrival this week of a bill in Congress to begin laying the foundations of economic security and opportunity for the more than 45 million Americans living in poverty.
The Half in Ten Act of 2011, introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee, D. Calif., will establish a Federal Interagency Working Group on Reducing Poverty to develop and implement a national plan to reduce poverty by half in ten years and work toward eradicating extreme poverty, child poverty, and the persistent disparity in poverty rates found in communities of color.
“Americans all across the country are struggling,” Lee said. “It is clear that our policies and programs addressing poverty have not kept pace with the growing needs of millions of Americans. It is time we make the commitment to confront poverty head-on. This bill will help tear down the barriers of poverty and work to reignite the American Dream by providing ladders of opportunity for all.”
The introduction of the Half in Ten Act followed the official launch of the Half in Ten campaign on October 26 around the release of a new annual report establishing a new series of benchmarks for tracking the nation’s progress on poverty reduction. The report, Restoring Shared Prosperity: Strategies to Cut Poverty and Expand Economic Growth, and its accompanying website provide data, rankings, and fact sheets for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Half in Ten is a collaborative anti-poverty campaign led by The Leadership Conference, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, and the Coalition on Human Needs dedicated to cutting poverty in half in 10 years.