Fifty years after the war on poverty began, Rep. Sheila Jackson, D-Texas, says she wants to change the word “welfare” to “transitional living fund.”
"Maybe the word welfare should be changed to something of, 'a transitional living fund.' For that is what it is – for people to be able to live," Jackson said while urging Congress to pass a bill to extend unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed.
She referred to this as “a transitional outreach to individuals who are chronically unemployed.”
“The unemployed are in everyone’s district,” she said. “1.3 million that are chronically unemployed, who is on the brink of poverty, who is not able to secure a safety net.”
Jackson said this safety net is made up of the Earned Income Credit, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, jobs training and education programs, Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act.
“(T)he safety net has to be something for all of us,” she added.
“Quite frankly, of all the wealthy nations, we have the lowest safety net and the highest poverty, because we’re not willing to accept the fact that sometimes an American needs help. Even a veteran — even a soldier,” she said. “So today, I honor the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty, Mr. Speaker, and I ask us not to give up the fight because the American people are looking to us to win the war.”