Obama Endorses New Poverty Measure

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Friday, July 18, 2008 at 6:00 pm

The tone after yesterday’s House hearing promoting a new federal poverty gauge was one lacking in urgency. Though Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) has introduced legislation on the topic, there is no Senate equivalent, and there’s probably too little time left in the legislative year to bring it up if there were. McDermott’s office said his House bill is a test shot — designed to jump-start the poverty debate with eyes looking to next year.


Miraculously, it worked.


On Thursday, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the likely Democratic presidential nominee, threw his hefty support behind the concept, according to Congressional Quarterly, a Capitol Hill news outfit. As campaign spokesman Nick Shapiro told CQ:

 

Sen. Obama believes that we should modernize the federal poverty guidelines to more accurately reflect the costs of living and the economic pressures on American families. Without an accurate measure of poverty and economic insecurity in America, we will not be able to fully tackle the effects of these problems on our children and families.

Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the presumptive GOP nominee, has yet to weigh in, CQ reported.

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Kwaayesnama
Comment posted September 23, 2008 @ 10:31 am

John McCain has spent 26 years in Washington, what is his call to fame? In 26 years he had done nothing for the people of Arizona. In 26 he has seen no needs nothing, nada needed in his home state. So what is his plan to help this nation, the same plan he has had for 26 years for the people of Arizona, nothing, zero, and nada. Just think, McCain/Palin economic Plan – Trust Wall St With Social Security. John McCain’s long touted plan for social security is to privatize it. Using the same Wall Street companies that are going under. Do you trust your future to Wall Street! Do you trust your future to John McCain and the lobbyists that are advising him and running his campaign? Here is a list of all of his major campaign workers and the special interests they represent.
http://mccainsource.com/corruption?id=0006


Kwaayesnama
Comment posted September 23, 2008 @ 5:31 pm

John McCain has spent 26 years in Washington, what is his call to fame? In 26 years he had done nothing for the people of Arizona. In 26 he has seen no needs nothing, nada needed in his home state. So what is his plan to help this nation, the same plan he has had for 26 years for the people of Arizona, nothing, zero, and nada. Just think, McCain/Palin economic Plan – Trust Wall St With Social Security. John McCain’s long touted plan for social security is to privatize it. Using the same Wall Street companies that are going under. Do you trust your future to Wall Street! Do you trust your future to John McCain and the lobbyists that are advising him and running his campaign? Here is a list of all of his major campaign workers and the special interests they represent.
http://mccainsource.com/corruption?id=0006


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