Believing every family deserves access to the American Dream, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) joined four like-minded colleagues recently in Washington, D.C. to inaugurate the Senate Opportunity Coalition in support of the nation’s low-income families.
Scott aligned with fellow Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), James Lankford (R-OK), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) for conservative resolution of problems faced by the poor. To that end, they released the first in a planned series of documents called “Paving the Path to a Brighter Future,” in which each legislator shared one narrative from his or her home state illustrating the diverse opportunity levels, as well as the group’s collective pledge to find answers.
“We are not looking at numbers, but instead meeting with people,” their statement read in part. “Instead of waiting to talk, we are eager to listen. We look to take the lessons learned by those on the ground, grinding out the best living they can, and use those to power a new kind of solution…a brighter, more prosperous future.”
The caucus’ goal is to improve living standards for approximately 50 million Americans living in distressed areas, and it hopes to modernize the previous “War on Poverty” first started in the 1960s by President Johnson.
While the program was well intended, the statement read, it was not completely effective; the poverty rate in America as of 2015 registered at 14.3 percent, equivalent to the level it was 50 years ago.
“Moving forward, we will continue to share stories like these and bring our individual solutions already introduced to the table,” the group said. “From these efforts, we will develop new solutions, refine current ones, and forge the path forward.”
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