Leader Hoyer, Chair Lee Announce Haaland Vice Chair on Families and Children Living in Poverty

April 2, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) and Chair Barbara Lee (CA-13) announced Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) will serve as Vice Chair of the Majority Leader Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity. Haaland will specifically serve as the Vice Chair on Families and Children Living in Poverty. The Members selected for the Vice Chair positions are:

  • Rep. TJ Cox (CA-21) as Vice Chair on Rural Poverty
  • Rep. Sylvia Garcia (TX-29) as Vice Chair on Urban Poverty
  • Rep. Deb Haaland (NM-01) as Vice Chair on Families and Children Living in Poverty
  • Rep. Ben McAdams (UT-04) as Vice Chair on Economic Opportunity, Education, and Workforce Development
  • Rep. Joe Neguse (CO-02) as Vice Chair on Housing and Transportation

“I know the struggle many families face – piecing together health care, relying on food stamps to make ends meet, and even bunking on families’ couches because housing was too expensive. Families in our country are resilient, but we have an economic system that keeps people down leaving many families to bear the burden of poverty. The barriers that stand in the way range from lack of access to education and job training and outrageous health care prices to lack of affordable childcare and rising housing costs without wages keeping up. As the Vice Chair on Families and Children Living in Poverty, I plan to use my experience as a single mom and the stories that I hear from families in my district to tackle issues that will end cycles of poverty in New Mexico and across the country,” said Congresswoman Haaland.\

“These freshman Members will bring new perspectives and new energy to the Task Force as Democrats use our House Majority to tackle some of the nation’s most pressing challenges in combatting poverty and expanding opportunity,” Leader Hoyer said.  “I want to thank Chair Barbara Lee for her hard work and leadership of the Task Force since its creation in 2013. Her efforts have made a real difference in bringing poverty issues to the forefront of our national dialogue and highlighting innovative solutions that have already begun to be implemented in cities, towns, and rural areas across the country.  I look forward to continuing to work with her and with our new Vice Chairs to continue and expand on these efforts in the Majority.”

“As Chair of the Majority Leader Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity, I am proud to announce our new Vice Chairs who will bring innovative new ideas that will help us further our task force’s mission of eliminating poverty once and for all,” said Congresswoman Lee. “For too many families – especially in communities of color – just paying the bills and keeping the lights on has become an insurmountable financial challenge. It is a moral outrage that 40 million Americans are living poverty and even more on the economic brink. No one in the richest nation should have to choose between keeping the lights on and putting food on the table. This Task Force will continue to make poverty elimination a central theme in our Caucus and for the American people.”

Launched in 2013, the Majority Leader Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity works to raise awareness of Members of Congress and the American people about the ongoing crisis of poverty, the positive human and economic impacts of effective poverty alleviation programs, and the need for a comprehensive national effort to eradicate poverty.  The Task Force consults with key stakeholders to develop support for strategies to eradicate poverty and build opposition to proposed cuts to anti-poverty programs by the Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans.