End Child Poverty Now
The United States has the second highest rate of child poverty among the 35 industrialized countries, despite having the largest economy. With 14.7 million poor children and 6.5 million extremely poor children, our nation is spending $500 billion dollars to cover the cost of poverty.
The Children’s Defense Fund’s 2015 report, Ending Child Poverty Now, details how lawmakers can end child poverty with a few changes to the federal budget. By investing an additional 2 percent of the federal budget, $77 million dollars, and dedicating it towards effective programs, this crisis can be reversed. The suggestions found in the report would have the ability to shrink 60 percent of child poverty, improve the lives of 97 percent of poor children, and ensure the basic needs of every child are met.
— ChildrensDefenseFund (@ChildDefender) May 26, 2016