One in five children in the United States live in poverty. In fact, children experience higher rates of poverty than any other age group. The Child Poverty Reduction Act (H.R. 2408, S. 2224) would establish a national child poverty target with the goal of cutting child poverty in half in ten years and eliminating it within 20 years.
Establishing a child poverty target is not unprecedented. In 1999, the United Kingdom established a national child poverty target, which united the Conservative and Labour parties behind a goal of halving child poverty in ten years. Through investments in children, measures to make work pay, and efforts to increase financial support for families, the British government successfully halved child poverty between 1999 and 2009. We can do the same.
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