Combating Poverty: Understanding New Challenges for Families

Source: Ron Haskins, Testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Finance, June 5, 2012

Few topics have enjoyed as much attention from federal policymakers over the past half century as poverty and what can be done to reduce it. After a brief review of our success, such as it is, in reducing poverty, I examine the major causes of poverty, trends in spending to help poor and low-income Americans, and strategies Congress has adopted to fight poverty. Poverty has shown great if unfortunate staying power, but we have learned useful lessons about how to fight it….Declining work rates, stagnant wages, the rise of female-headed families, inferior education, and the arrival of millions of immigrants with poor education and low skills are little engines pushing up the poverty rate. Conditions in the U.S. virtually ensure high poverty rates because the underlying factors that cause poverty have remained very strong. Even so, the nation has done a lot to reduce poverty and has even achieved a few victories as we shall now see…
See also:
Combating Poverty: Understanding New Challenges for Families
Source: United States Senate Committee on Finance, Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Member Statements: Max Baucus, Orrin G. Hatch
Witness Testimony: Ron Haskins, Laura Lein, Kay Brown

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