Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity

Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity

Launched in 2013, the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity works to raise the awareness of Members of Congress and the American people about the ongoing crisis of poverty, the positive human and economic impacts of effective poverty alleviation programs, and the need for a comprehensive national effort to eradicate poverty. The Task Force, which is chaired by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, meets frequently with key stakeholders, advocates, and Administration officials to identify root causes of poverty and support strategies and initiatives aimed at eliminating poverty with the initial goal of cutting poverty in half by 2023.

House Democrats strongly support policies that lift Americans out of poverty and provide them with more opportunities to access the middle class. By raising the minimum wage, supporting affordable housing, preserving critical nutritional assistance programs, increasing access to high-quality health care and education, and continuing efforts to create well-paying jobs here at home, more American families will have the resources and opportunities they need to attain the American Dream.

Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity Related

House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) delivered remarks today at a Steering & Policy Committee hearing on poverty in America. 

4/14/16

Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA), chair of the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity, released a statement today on Speaker Ryan’s comments about Americans living in poverty.

 

3/23/16

Mr. Speaker, this week marks the sixth anniversary of the adoption of the Affordable Care Act.

3/23/16

Wanted to be sure you saw today's column for the Center for American Progress’s “Talk Poverty” blog by House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee, chair of the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity. 

3/16/16

Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA), chair of the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity, released a statement today as the Budget Committee begins its markup of the House Republican budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017.

3/16/16

Last month, Speaker Paul Ryan announced the formation of the House Republican Task Force on Poverty, three years after Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer and Congresswoman Barbara Lee formed the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity. 

3/15/16

This afternoon, the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity met with Ronald Davis, Director of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) at the Department of Justice. 

3/15/16

A gaggle of top House Democrats derided Speaker Paul Ryan's newly developed GOP task force on poverty on Wednesday, arguing that the group was a "sham."

3/2/16

Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA), chair of the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity, released a statement today after Speaker Paul Ryan announced the formation of a Republican task force on poverty.

2/25/16

Today, the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity met with Shaun Donovan, Director of the Office of Management and Budget. 

2/3/16

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee, chair of the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity, released the following statement today on a report by the White House Council of Economic Advisors on nutrition assistance:

12/9/15

Today, Dr. John King, Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, met with the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity to discuss the Department’s work to ensure students can succeed in the classroom and are college- and career-ready. 

12/9/15

On behalf of the Democratic Whip’s Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity, we are writing to ask that you commit to working with us to address the crisis of poverty and inequality in America in a way that is serious and far-reaching. 

11/18/15

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack met with the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity to discuss USDA’s efforts to address poverty in communities across the country.

11/4/15

Our Task Force was honored to have Mr. King join us today to speak about his father’s legacy and his own work to carry that legacy forward.

7/10/15

I thank Secretary Castro for joining the Task force today to discuss how HUD is working to expand access to housing, help more Americans attain homeownership, and alleviate poverty in our communities.

5/19/15

In the report, CBO analyzed three different proposals to reduce aggregate SNAP spending by 15%. 

3/16/15