October 22,2015

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Hatch to Hold Finance Hearing on Welfare and Poverty

WASHINGTONSenate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) will convene a hearing on Thursday, October 29, to explore solutions and promote self-sufficiency for families living in poverty.  The hearing, titled “Welfare and Poverty in America,” will take place at 10:00 a.m. in Room 215 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

“Poverty is a multi-generational condition that affects many Americans trying to make ends meet for their families,” Hatch said. “This hearing will give members of the Committee the opportunity to learn and understand more about deep and persistent poverty as well as promising programs that can help families with the support and skills they need to be self-sufficient. By understanding and focusing on promoting work and work supports for struggling families, we can assist those living in poverty.”

The witnesses at Thursday’s hearing are:

  • Dr. Pamela Loprest, Labor Economist and Senior Fellow, Income and Benefits Policy Center, Urban Institute, Washington, DC
  • Ms. Aretha J. Jackson, Disabled Veteran and TANF Recipient, Washington, DC
  • Dr. H. Luke Shaefer, Associate Professor and co-author of $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, School of Social Work and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Mr. Jon Pierpont, Executive Director, Utah Department of Workforce Services, Salt Lake City, UT




Senate Finance Committee








Welfare and Poverty in America







215 Dirksen Senate Office Building




Washington, D.C. 20510




Thursday, October 29th ,   2015




10:00 a.m.

For media inquiries and additional information, including webcast and testimony details, please visit: http://finance.senate.gov/hearings.