DeLauro, Sánchez Lead House Dems in Urging Trump to Revoke Recent Executive Order on Poverty

April 26, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) and House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Linda Sánchez (CA-38) led a letter with 73 of their Democratic colleagues to President Trump in opposition to his recent Executive Order on poverty, which attacks our nation’s social safety net programs by making it harder for people to access basic services like healthcare, nutrition, and housing.

“Over fifty-three years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson and Congress worked together to create a social safety net that made lifting families out of poverty a national priority,” wrote the Members. “With a strong focus on helping people in their time of need, these leaders worked together to create programs to help end hunger, create good paying jobs, provide health care, and make sure our children get a good education. These social safety net programs have worked to fight poverty, and we stand ready to protect them..”

“The misconception that stronger work requirements are the answer to poverty and unemployment rests on the flawed belief that disadvantaged people will only work if the government forces them to,” continued the Members. “The American people would be far better served if you and Congressional Republicans joined with us as we focus on economic policies that will create jobs and raise wages, instead of blaming people for needing a helping hand.”

The text of the full letter is below, and a link to the signed letter can be found here.