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House Proceeding 01-26-10 on Jan 26th, 2010 :: 1:29:05 to 1:33:40
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Jim McDermott

1:28:57 to 1:29:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 1024, resolution expressing support for designation of january as poverty in america awareness month. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rules, the gentleman from washington, mr. mcdermott, and the gentlewoman from florida, ms. brown-waite, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the

Jim McDermott

1:29:05 to 1:33:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jim McDermott

Jim McDermott

1:29:18 to 1:29:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: gentleman from washington. mr. mcdermott: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.res. 1024. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcdermott: i yield myself such time as i may consume.

Jim McDermott

1:29:40 to 1:30:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: and i rise today in support of recognizing the designation of january as poverty in america awareness month. in 2008, there were nearly40 million americans living in poverty, including one in every five children. there were also more than 49 million americans living in households at the u.s. -- that

Jim McDermott

1:30:04 to 1:30:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: the usda called food insecure, a technical way tocy say that those 49 million americans, nearly one out of every four children, had experienced hunger. what poverty -- while poverty affects every segment of our population, these figures are drastically higher for children in single parent families and in blabbling and latino

Jim McDermott

1:30:25 to 1:30:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: households. at the same time, a recent report showed the top 1% of richest americans now holds the greatest proportion of wealth since 1928. for the wealthiest nation in the world, this is completely unacceptable and we must

Jim McDermott

1:30:48 to 1:31:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: readjust our priorities. in fact, the way we measure poverty is outdated. the current poverty threshold is calculated by taking the cost of a minimal diet in 1955 and multiplying that number by three and then adjusting this amount for inflation. that may have made some sense

Jim McDermott

1:31:11 to 1:31:31( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: when the measure was created in 1960 because the cost of food actually made up about 1/3 of a family's average expenditure. but today families only spend about 1/7 of their income on food and or current measure fails to capture the cost of basic necessary its such as clothing, utilities and

Jim McDermott

1:31:32 to 1:31:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: shelter. what we define as poverty no longer reflects at all what it really means to be poor in this country. and using our current method of measuring poverty, we don't even consider a family of four making just $23,000 poor. there's something wrong with

Jim McDermott

1:31:54 to 1:32:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: our formula and majority of americans agree with the higher of the threshold. senator moynihan said you can't solve a problem until you first learn how to measure it and we're making great progress towards moving to the publication of a new measure of poverty that reflects the economic and social realities in this country.

Jim McDermott

1:32:15 to 1:32:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: an accurate measurement is essential in determing how to best tackle this problem. if the moral cause of helping the poor doesn't serve as motivation enough to help struggling americans rise out of poverty, maybe the economic argument will. economists estimate that persistent child poverty alone

Jim McDermott

1:32:38 to 1:32:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: costs our society an estimated $500 billion a year in loss productivity and increased spending on health care and the criminalustice system. more and more americans are slipping through the mesh of our badly tattered safety net, and we are at risk of losing an entire generation.

Jim McDermott

1:32:59 to 1:33:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: as congress discusses pay-go and the deficit reduction agenda, i often hear the rhetoric that we can't drive up the deficit on the back of our children. but we cannot abandon the needs of vulnerable groups with little political voice and certainly few lobbyists on k street. because the voices of the least

Jim McDermott

1:33:21 to 1:33:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: ong us are too often drowneded out, we must take opportunities like this to draw attention to the realities facing poor americans. awareness is a critical step in finding solutions to improve the well-being of those living in poverty. so let us affirm the

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