Speaker Ryan Looks to Work With Congressional Black Caucus to Fight Poverty

Cortney O'Brien
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Posted: Feb 10, 2016 12:30 PM
Speaker Ryan Looks to Work With Congressional Black Caucus to Fight Poverty

Combating poverty is a goal close to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s heart. The Republican leader helped host the Kemp Forum last month, where he and other conservative leaders engaged in robust conversations about how they can lead the effort to pull people out of economic hardship. At the event, Ryan indicated he was ready to reach across the aisle to achieve this end.

Back on Capitol Hill, he's ready to take action. Ryan is encouraging his fellow Republicans to seek out members of the Congressional Black Caucus to further the worthy agenda.

Rep. Hal Rogers is one legislator ready to help Ryan establish the important relationship.

At Ryan’s request, Rogers said he intends to broach the topic of targeted poverty funding with Rep. James —Clyburn (D-S.C.), an influential CBC member who’s been the most vocal proponent of the so-called 10-20-30 strategy. 

The 10-20-30 program would require that a minimum of 10 percent of federal spending on discretionary programs be directed to communities in which at least 20 percent of the population has lived below the poverty line for at least 30 years, reports the Daily Wire.

While this issue has largely been ignored by the GOP in recent years, Ryan is determined that won't happen on his watch.