CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 1024 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) on January 20, 2010.
H.Res. 1024 would be appropriate to designate the month of January 2010 as Poverty in America Awareness Month: Now, therefore, be it resolved, that:
• "The House of Representatives-
o "Supports the designation of Poverty in America Awareness Month; and
o "Recognizes the important contributions of those individuals and organizations that have made a commitment to providing critical support and services to needy individuals and families; and
• "It is the sense of the House of Representatives that-
o "Eradicating poverty in the United States should be the goal for all people in the United States, including all levels of government;
o "The severe economic downturn has highlighted the need to ensure that the Nation's most vulnerable individuals and families are able to meet their most fundamental needs during a time of financial crisis; and
o "Congress should recommit itself to helping individuals and families facing economic hardship receive the assistance they need and deserve in moving towards greater economic security through programs under Title IV of the Social Security Act and other related programs."
According to the resolution's findings, during the present economic downturn, the resolution argues that Congress should do more to help individuals and families rise out of poverty and maintain economic stability through the use of a variety of programs promoting education and training, childcare assistance, housing security, and related services.
Some Members may be concerned that the resolution's findings state that federal "safety-net programs" should be increased and that Congress should further increase education, housing, and other programs.