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Kweisi Mfume on Welfare & Poverty

Democratic Senate Challenger (MD); previously U.S. Representative


Make poverty part of our nation's public policy agenda

In spite of the increasing rates of poverty, the concerns of the poor exist on the fringes of our nation's political agenda. Too many in Congress shy away from a discussion of the poor.

I believe that we have to do more than just talk about the conditions of the poor. I want to work to ensure that the issue of poverty is a part of our nation's public policy agenda. In this campaign for the United States Senate, the issue of poverty cannot be left off the table.

My core values teach me that it's right to fight for programs and policies that will make a difference in the lives of the poor and all people. I want to work to secure aid and attention for policies aimed at creating economic growth and new jobs with livable wages.

We can do better as a nation and we ought to. The conditions of poverty that are all around us are crying out for responsible and compassionate leadership.

Source: Campaign website, www.MfumeForSenate.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2005

37 million still in poverty-"We can do better"

37 million Americans currently live in poverty every day. Women and children are the most affected and the rate of poverty has increased over the last four years alone. Although Maryland has one of the highest median household incomes in the nation, 9% of our state's population still live and die in poverty. The rates of poverty differ across Maryland but every county and city is affected. Baltimore, with a poverty rate of close to 24%, ranks among the highest of the nation's cities. We can do better.
Source: Campaign website, www.MfumeForSenate.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2005

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