Oversight Committee Held Hearing Series Examining Trump Administration’s Attack on Children

Feb 10, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (Feb. 10, 2020)— This week, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, along with the Chairmen of the Subcommittees on Government Operations, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Economic and Consumer Policy, and Environment, held an in-depth, two-day series of four hearings to examine the negative effects of the Trump Administration’s proposals related to children’s poverty, housing, hunger, and health.

TAKEAWAYS

  • Chairman Connolly criticized the Trump Administration’s proposal to change the calculation of the Official Poverty Measure, which would reduce eligibility for more than 80 anti-poverty programs such as nutrition and healthcare assistance.
  • Witnesses testified that the Trump Administration’s plan to remove 3.1 million families from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will take food out of kids’ mouths, both at home and at school, and will result in food insecurity.  Food insecurity leads to lower academic achievements in children and hurts their long-term physical and mental health. 
  • Witnesses testified that the Trump Administration’s plan to undercut the Mercury Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule was a product of corporate greed and is opposed by bipartisan lawmakers, industry groups, and the faith community, because the Obama-era regulation has numerous proven health benefits.
  • Today, over 8.5 million children in America live in concentrated poverty.  Pediatrician Dr. Megan Sandel testified that “A child’s zip code is more important for health than their genetic code.”  The Trump Administration’s proposal to gut federal fair housing accountability standards threatens to trap children in a cycle of concentrated poverty.

GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS WITNESSES

Panel One

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)
Member of Congress

Rep. Carol Miller (R-WV)
Member of Congress

Panel Two

Sister Simone Campbell
Executive Director
Network Lobby

Mr. Indi Dutta Gupta
Co-Executive Director, Center on Poverty
Georgetown Law

Ms. Amy Jo Hutchison
Organizer
Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, West Virginia

Mr. Rob Smith (Minority Witness)
Advisory Board Member
Legacy Republican Alliance

CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES WITNESSES

Ms. Ateira Griffin
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
BOND, Inc - Building Our Nation’s Daughters

Ms. Ellen Lee
Director of Community and Economic Development
City of New Orleans

Dr. Megan Sandel
Principal Investigator, Children’s Healthwatch, MD
Boston Medical Center

Mr. Jorge Andres Soto
Director of Public Policy
National Fair Housing Alliance

Mr. Michael Hendrix (Minority Witness)
Director, State and Local Policy
Manhattan Institute

ECONOMIC AND CONSUMER POLICY WITNESSES

Ms. Lisa Davis
Senior Vice President
No Kid Hungry Campaign, Share Our Strength

Mr. Zach Pethan
Principal, Jefferson Elementary
Sheboygan Area School District

Ms. Diane Sullivan
Advocate
Witnesses to Hunger

Ms. Tega Toney
Teacher, Oak Hill High School
Fayette County Schools

Mr. Sam Adolphsen (Minority Witness)
Policy Director
Foundation for Government Accountability

ENVIRONMENT WITNESSES

Rev. Mitchell C. Hescox
President/CEO
Evangelical Environmental Network

Ms. Katie Huffling
Executive Director
Alliance for Nurses for Healthy Environments

Ms. Heather McTeer Toney
National Field Director
Moms Clean Air Force

Ms. Mandy M. Gunasekara (Minority Witness)
Founder, Energy 45
Senior Fellow to Texas Public Policy Life: Powered Project

VIDEOS 

Watch Chairman Connolly’s opening statement at Government Operations.

Watch Chairwoman Maloney’s opening statement at Government Operations.

Watch Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s testimony.

Watch Ms. Ami Jo Hutchison’s testimony.

Watch Chairman Raskin’s opening statement at Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

Watch Chairwoman Maloney’s opening statement at Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

Watch Chairman Krishnamoorthi’s opening statement at Economic and Consumer Policy.

Watch Chairwoman Maloney’s opening statement at Economic and Consumer Policy.

Watch Chairman Krishnamoorthi’s question line.

Watch Chairman Rouda’s opening statement at Environment Subcommittee hearing.

Watch Chairwoman Maloney’s opening statement at Environment Subcommittee hearing.

Watch Chairman Rouda’s question line.

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116th Congress