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  • The Dignity of Work
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on September 17, 2014 | Preview rr
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    Thanks, Fred—thanks, everybody. I’m delighted to be here. And the first thing I want to do is congratulate the man of the hour, Bill Kilberg. In the time I’ve known Bill, I’ve found him to be an incredibly smart and hardworking guy. There’s a reason they call him a “super lawyer”—which, in this town, is meant to be a compliment. And what’s most impressive about Bill is that he uses his knowledge of the law to protect and promote free enterprise. He knows better than most just how precious—how fr... Read more

  • Census Report Shows Poverty Remains High
    Posted in Press Releases on September 16, 2014 | Preview rr
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    WASHINGTON—Today, the Census Bureau released its most recent report on Income and Poverty in the United States. The latest report finds that: The official poverty rate fell from 15 to 14.5 percent. There are 45.3 million people living in poverty. Deep poverty remains near its highest recorded levels at 6.3 percent. Child poverty fell from 21.8 percent to 19.9 percent. There has been no statistically significant change in real median income. In response to this report, Chairman Ryan issued the fo... Read more

  • Ryan's Opening Statement: A Progress Report on the War on Poverty: Reforming Federal Aid
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on June 10, 2014 | Preview rr
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    Morning, everybody—and welcome. This is the fourth in our series of hearings on the War on Poverty. We’ve been talking about how to promote upward mobility in America in the 21st century. And today, we’re going to pick up where we left off. Last time, we heard from people fighting poverty on the front lines. Today, we’re going to hear from people who have worked on the supply lines. We’re going to look at how the states and federal government can better support the fight against poverty. Because... Read more

  • Ryan's Opening Statement: A Progress Report on the War on Poverty: Lessons from the Frontlines
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on April 30, 2014 | Preview rr
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    Hi, everybody—and welcome. Today, we’re going to learn about what it takes to fight poverty. I think we can all agree that Washington isn’t making anybody proud these days. Right now, the federal government spends nearly $800 billion a year on 92 different programs to fight poverty. Yet the official poverty rate is the highest in a generation. And over the past three years, deep poverty has been the highest on record. Clearly, we can do better. And Washington has a role to play. After President ... Read more

  • House Budget Committee Releases Report on the War on Poverty
    Posted in Press Releases on March 3, 2014 | Preview rr
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    WASHINGTON -- Today, the House Budget Committee's majority staff released a new report, "The War on Poverty: 50 Years Later." The report provides an in-depth look at the federal government's efforts to alleviate poverty in America today. In fiscal year 2012, Washington spent at least $799 billion on 92 programs to help low-income families. But as the report shows, some of these programs are duplicative or even counterproductive. And as a whole, they often discourage families from getting ahead. ... Read more