Two Republicans Are Giving Big Speeches On Poverty Today

Two prominent Republicans are giving major speeches today on poverty and how to fight it.

  • At 2:00 p.m. at the Brookings Institute, Eric Cantor will speak. He is expected to focus on school choice and reducing inequality through a focus on education.
  • Then at 2:30 p.m., Marco Rubio will deliver his remarks from the Lyndon B. Johnson Room in the U.S. Capitol. His room selection is not a coincidence given that today is the 50th anniversary of Johnson’s ‘War on Poverty.’ Rubio released a video over the weekend denounced the Great Society programs.

Republicans have shown an increased concern with poverty as an issue in recent weeks.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) is giving his own poverty speech tomorrow and is planning to unveil an antipoverty agenda later this year.

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