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Congresswoman Gwen Moore Statement on 15th Milwaukee Aldermanic District:

“With the departure of Willie Hines, after his long and distinguished service, the voters in the 15th Aldermanic District have an opportunity to select a new alderman.

“With so many qualified candidates, from former county supervisor Eyon Biddle Sr. to current county supervisor Russell Stamper II, I am not making an endorsement in this race.

“It is my hope that the individual succeeding Willie Hines serves the 15th district with honor. I wish all candidates the best of luck and look forward to working with the newly elected alderman.

Democrats Warm Up for a "War on Poverty" With Republicans on Capitol Hill
Written by Joyce Jones   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 11:51

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wisconsin) thinks that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), who chairs the House Budget Committee and is in line to become the next chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, is "a nice guy." The budget he proposed earlier this month is not, Moore and other Democratic lawmakers say.

Facing a tough midterm election cycle, they're hoping that the budget's proposed cuts, which they argue help the rich by hurting the poor, will be an issue for Americans as they head to the polls in November.
"Budgets reflect our priorities. They show what we care about and they show what we care less about," Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) told reporters on a conference call Tuesday.

The Republican budget proposal, he added, protects the nation's wealthiest and powerful special interest groups and knocks down ladders of opportunity for middle income and struggling working class families. Communities of color, he said, are hit hardest.

According to Moore, who sits on the Budget Committee, middle-income families will face higher taxes and minorities who are disproportionately poorer will lose health, education and other benefits that will have a chilling impact.Raising the minimum wage, which congressional Republicans oppose, would lift 6 million workers out of poverty, Moore said, 60 percent of whom would be people of color. It also would raise wages for African-Americans by $5.2 billion.

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House Budget Committee Sets Third Hearing On Federal Anti-Poverty Programs April 30
Written by Jonathan Nicholson   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 11:48

April 22 (BNA) -- The House Budget Committee is slated April 30 to hold its third in a series of hearings on federal anti-poverty efforts, an area Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has focused on recently.

The hearing will look at “lessons learned” in the 50-year “war on poverty,” according to the committee's announcement April 22. The witnesses will include Bishop Shirley Holloway, founder of House of Hope City of Help, and Robert Woodson, president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise. Both organizations are based in the metropolitan Washington area.
The “lessons learned” hearing follows committee hearings held in July 2013 and January 2014 on expanding economic opportunity and assessing progress of the government's anti-poverty efforts. Ryan has been critical of the costs and effectiveness of the programs.
In March, upon the release of a majority staff analysis of anti-poverty programs, Ryan said, “This report will help start the conversation. It shows that some programs work; others don't. And for many of them, we just don't know. Clearly, we can do better. We can rework these federal programs and help families in need lead lives of dignity.”
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