Shriver Center Releases "Poverty Scorecard"

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law announced the release of its Poverty Scorecard yesterday:

There were 43.6 million Americans living in poverty in 2009, an astounding 17 percent increase in the two years since the Great Recession began in 2007. Never has it been more important for our elected representatives to take effective action to fight poverty.

Each year the Shriver Center publishes its Poverty Scorecard, which grades the performance of every Member of Congress on the most important poverty-related votes of the year. The Scorecard’s purpose is to hold our Senators and Representatives accountable – every single one of them – for their efforts to advance economic justice, or their failure to do so. 

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