McMorris Rodgers on the Unveiling of the House’s Anti-Poverty Agenda

Communications • June 8, 2016

House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement regarding the Wednesday’s rollout of the House’s anti-poverty agenda.

“At the end of the day, what we do is – and has to be – about people, not just policy,” said McMorris Rodgers. “We are not defined by where we come from. Regardless of background, gender, race, or walk or life, every person in this country deserves the chance at a better life and the opportunity to pursue their version of the American Dream. Our communities don’t have to be bound by poverty.

“This agenda is about returning power to the American people, and for the decisions that directly affect them to be made by them. After all, the best ideas don’t come from Washington, D.C., they come from men and women across this country. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel – just reinvent the way people think about government. We will always need safety nets for those who fall on hard times, but our ongoing agenda project is a positive disruption that promotes flexibility and partnerships to fight poverty. It’s time for an active, dynamic approach to policymaking that incorporates the best ideas to help every man, woman, and child in this country feel confident in their lives and in their futures.”

Note: Led by Chairmen Mike Conaway (R-TX), Tom Price (R-GA) John Kline (R-MN), Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), and Kevin Brady (R-TX), the Task Force on Poverty, Opportunity, and Upward Mobility unveiled an initiative aimed at lifting Americans out of poverty. Click here to learn more.