If the new Congress is truly dedicated to combatting inequality and assuring the well-being of hard-working Americans, they are now in a position to prove it.
More than 43 million people in this country still live below the poverty line, and that number would be more than twice as high were it not for federal anti-poverty policies, according to the Census Bureau. Why would the new Congress be attempting to attack some of these programs?
I hope we can count on Rep. Rick Allen, and Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, to reject proposals that would take us backward — whether turning SNAP into a “block grant” or reducing access to Medicaid. They should focus on expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit to childless workers, who are being taxed deeper into poverty.
Now more than ever, we need to focus on making things better for all Americans. Dismantling our safety net is definitely not the way to do that.