Dem rep: We are ‘failing’ in the fight against poverty

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) said that because of House Republicans, Congress is “failing” to address issues affecting the poor.

“Our top priority should be creating jobs and helping workers get back on their feet,” DeLauro said on Wednesday. “It is time for this Congress to step up and do the right thing.”

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DeLauro’s comments came as she marked the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing the Economic Opportunity Act.

“In the past we always worked to ensure a rising tide lifts all boats and that all Americans who fall upon hard times have had an opportunity to get back on their feet,” DeLauro said. “But the current Republican Majority has no interest in supporting vital safety net programs like SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, which helps feed hungry Americans.”

She also used the example of long-term unemployment insurance, which expired in December. The Senate passed a bipartisan five-month extension, but House Republicans refused to vote on the measure.

“The Republican majority had no interest this time and last December benefits ran out for people who lost their job through no fault of their own. Even as the stock market is at record levels we are telling people they are on their own,” DeLauro said. “This is wrong.”