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Press Release

January 8, 2014

Congresswoman Susan Davis Urges Renewed Commitment in War on Poverty

WASHINGTON – Rep. Susan Davis urged a renewed commitment to strengthening the economic ladder to the middle class and the American Dream by boosting proven programs that lift people out of poverty.

“I hear stories every day from people struggling to survive that remind us of our duty to lend a hand to those in need,” said Rep. Davis.  “Any one of us could be in their shoes at some time. The programs developed under the War on Poverty keep people from falling deeper into despair and provide a sense of hope that there is a way out. “

Fifty years ago to today President Lyndon Johnson launched the War on Poverty. He led the nation with key initiatives like Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, Pell Grants, and nutrition assistance that have lifted millions of American families out of poverty.

Because of that effort millions have moved out of poverty – particularly America’s seniors.  From 1967 to 2012, the poverty rate fell from 26% to 16%, taking into account the safety net. 

Fifty years later, our nation’s fight remains unfinished.  Today, too many Americans still struggle under stagnant wages, widening income inequality, and a growing deficit of opportunity.  

Davis has made rebuilding our economy for all Americans a primary mission, starting with an effort to restore emergency unemployment insurance for over a million Americans still searching for work, including 20,000 veterans. 

She is also working to unleash the tremendous potential of this nation’s women, for we know that “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds.”  That means equal pay for equal work and affordable childcare.

To create good-paying jobs here at home, she has put a priority on rebuilding America’s roads, bridges, and other infrastructure, especially completing border improvements at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.  

Davis recently introduced legislation to expand Pre-K opportunities to give our children a strong start to compete for the high-skilled jobs of today and tomorrow. 

On this 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty, Davis is urging that Congress works together for the millions of Americans who struggle to make ends meet to ensure they have a fair shot at the American Dream. 



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