On March 3, the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee hosted a hearing on a study from the National Academy of Science titled “A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty.” This landmark study was commissioned by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) with support in 2016 from then-Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) and then-Chairman Tom Cole (OK-4) in the LHHSE Appropriations bill, as the first-ever federally funded study on child poverty. Released last year, the study outlines a number of policies that would be able to cut poverty in half over the next 10 years.
“It is a moral outrage that in the richest nation on Earth, there are still millions of children living in poverty. No parent should have to choose between keeping a roof over their child’s head and putting food on the table,” said Lee. “But for many children, especially children of color, systemic barriers keep them and their families trapped at the bottom of the economic ladder.
“As Chair of the Majority Leader’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity and as someone who was on food stamps and welfare when I was a single mom, I know just how important this hearing is today to help inform our work here in Congress. “A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty” outlines evidence-based, non-partisan policy recommendations that can cut our child poverty rate in half within 10 years. We know what work must be done to tackle child poverty once and for all. We just need the political will to do so.”
“Child poverty in America puts an immense physical toll and financial strain on our young people, our families, and our nation,” said Congresswoman DeLauro. “Millions of children across this country go to bed hungry, wake up cold, grow up with less, and struggle in communities that provide few chances to succeed, to grow, to make mistakes without destroying lives.
“That is why we need to expand and strengthen the Child Tax Credit, as outlined in my bill with Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, the “American Family Act.” And our Appropriations Subcommittee can address child poverty, as it provides some of the largest sums of discretionary funds in the Congress for the well-being of children—from early childhood programs and educational programs to labor programs that help connect people to the training and skills they need to make ends meet.
As members of Congress and of the Appropriations Committee, we will continue advancing policies that can help immensely and immediately,” DelBene said.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s press office created this report.