Safety Net Accomplishments

Safety Net Lifted 39 Million Americans out of Poverty in 2013

As the House Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing on empirical evidence for poverty programs, it’s worth recalling that safety net programs cut poverty nearly in half in 2013, lifting 39 million people out of poverty. The figures rebut claims that government programs do little to reduce poverty.

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Chart Book: The War on Poverty at 50, Overview

As we mark the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's War on Poverty, we should recognize that poverty has fallen significantly over the last half-century when measured using a comprehensive poverty measure, and other troubling poverty-related conditions have declined.

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