Tackling poverty is hard, but it would be especially hard if Republicans had their way.
House Republicans have unveiled their so-called "Better Way" agenda on poverty, and it's nothing more than a repackaging of old, tired, and failed policy proposals and special interest priorities.
From slashing nutrition assistance to cutting Head Start to ending support for college students, Republicans have made it clear that they are not serious about helping to lift up the 47 million Americans living in poverty.
New Jerseyans can see through the sham. Republicans are trying to distract from their recent failures--their failure to pass a budget, their failure to address the Zika health crisis, their failure to act on opioid addiction--and their racist, demagogic presidential candidate, Donald Trump, whom they continue to endorse despite his blatant disregard for common decency, not to mention the Constitution.
Half of all Americans will live in poverty or near poverty during their working years. We can't solve this epidemic by destroying the social safety net programs that have proven records of success. Instead, we need to make continued investments in these programs, knowing that failure to do so would betray our commitment to the most vulnerable among us and perpetuate the cycle of poverty in our country.
The plan put forth by House Republicans is no way to solve the poverty crisis. There is a better way to lift families out of poverty, but it's not their way.