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Linda Sánchez Statement on Republican Poverty “Plan”

June 7, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – Representative Linda Sánchez (CA-38), Chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and a member of the Ways and Means Committee, today released the following statement on the House Republican's so-called "Poverty Plan":

“Today, House Republicans released their poverty plan called 'A Better Way,' but their 'better way' is really just a reheated mess of the same old Republican ideology. Consolidating and streamlining critical anti-poverty programs is an insincere way of disguising Republican’s true intentions: sweeping cuts to vital programs through the use of block grants. To block grant these programs that so many across the county, and in my district, depend on would result in literally taking food out of children’s mouths. 

“House Republicans also propose unrealistic work requirements for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, housing assistance, and other programs. However, these proposed constraints ignore one fundamental fact: work requirements do not reduce poverty. The Republican plan also fails to address key necessities for working families to succeed. To assist hardworking Americans in their attempts to gain and keep employment, we cannot ignore essential issues families face such as a lack of affordable and accessible child care, education, and workforce training. These are critical pieces of the puzzle that help families climb the ladder of opportunity and lift themselves out of poverty.”