DeLauro: Proven Programs Can Help Struggling Poor

By Rep. Rosa DeLauro
Special to Roll Call
Dec. 12, 2011, Midnight

Last month, the Census Bureau released a supplemental poverty measurement that should serve as a wake-up call to everyone in Congress: The official poverty rate — which at 15.1 percent is already the highest it has been in almost two decades — is actually undercounting millions of Americans, including nearly 7 percent of our senior population.In other words, one out of every six men and women in our country is now seeing the American dream fail them. To do right by them, we need to refocus our priorities and support the federal programs that have shown proven success in helping the most vulnerable to get back on their feet.

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