Earlier today, I reported on the release of the U.S. Census Report today, citing that the nation’s poverty rate rose to 12.7 percent of the population last year.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the Census Bureau’s report that the nation’s poverty rate rose to 12.7 percent of the population last year, for the fourth year in a row; the number of uninsured increased; and median household income failed to grow.
“Since President Bush took office, 5.4 million more Americans are living in poverty, 6 million more are without health insurance, and families are stretched too thin as household incomes have declined by almost $1,700 in the last four years. Every segment of American society has seen their income decline under this Administration, with the middle class and working families are losing the most ground.
“President Bush and the Republicans in Congress are turning a deaf ear to the middle class and working families struggling to make ends meet. This report shows that the President and Republicans in Congress’ decision to increase the deficit, while slashing student loans, heath care programs, and food stamps are the wrong choices for the American people. Republicans should abandon these efforts and join Democrats to expand opportunity for every American.”