Press Release ● Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity
For Immediate Release: 
June 4, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA), chair of the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity, released the following statement in response after a United Nations official said the Trump Administration's policies were exacerbating the wealth and income gap in the United States:

“The assessment by the United Nations official monitoring global poverty that the Trump Administration’s actions are exacerbating the wealth and income gap in America ought to alarm Americans.  We just returned from Dallas, where we met with Americans living on the front lines of poverty and those working hard to combat it. There, we heard from families and advocates who would suffer from cuts and policy changes by this Administration and the Republican-led Congress. 

“Republican efforts to undermine the programs that struggling families rely on are dangerous and must be reversed. Democrats are committed to meeting our nation’s poverty and inequality challenges head on. That’s why our Task Force will keep shining a light on the issue of poverty and working with communities and organizations to propose policies and actions that can lift more Americans out of poverty and into the middle class.”