For Immediate Release
August 20, 2015
CONTACT:  Bridgett Frey – 202-225-5384
Van Hollen Statement on Anniversary of the War on Poverty 
Washington, DC – Today Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, issued the following statement on the anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing the Economic Opportunity Act in 1964:
“On this day in 1964, President Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act, officially declaring a War on Poverty. We have made important process, but the War is not over. 
 
“I believe that if someone works hard all day, all year around, he or she should be able to earn enough to keep their family out of poverty. That’s why I’m fighting to raise the minimum wage and allow hardworking Americans to keep more of their paychecks. But that’s not enough — we need to invest in America. We should ensure that young people are able to receive the education they need to be competitive. We have to help create good paying jobs here at home. We must grow the research and development that drives our economy. And we must maintain an effective social safety net to help the most vulnerable in our communities.
“Washington Republicans have been quick to pay lip service to helping those struggling to make ends meet. But when it comes down to it, their budget disinvests in our country and dismantles many of the programs that President Johnson fought so hard to create. As we mark the anniversary of the War on Poverty, we must redouble our efforts to make sure our country and our economy works for all Americans, not just the wealthy few.”