THURSDAY: Cummings and Warren to Host “Middle Class Prosperity Project” Forum on How Childhood Poverty Impacts Opportunity

Nov 30, 2015
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THURSDAY: Cummings and Warren to Host “Middle Class Prosperity Project”  Forum on How Childhood Poverty Impacts Opportunity


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 30, 2015) On Thursday, December 3, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, will hold the seventh in a series of congressional forums as part of the Middle Class Prosperity Project launched by the Members in February.

Thursday’s forum, titled, “The Effects Of Poverty On Children’s Opportunities,” will bring together some of America’s leading experts on poverty to explore what it means for children to be poor in America today; the structural social and economic factors that keep children and families in poverty; the unique and powerful role played by safety net programs in reducing poverty; and the importance of strengthening those programs as our economy recovers from the worst recession in decades.  It will delve into the especially important role played by the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC), key parts of which are set to expire in the coming years if Congress does not act.

Ranking Member Cummings and Senator Warren launched the Middle Class Prosperity Project to examine the issues of greatest concern to the Middle Class and those who aspire to rise to the Middle Class.  Previous forums have examined the stagnation in middle class wages, the conflicts of interest in financial retirement advice, student debt, predatory financial practices, and federal investments in science and innovation.


WHAT:                       Senator Warren and Ranking Member Cummings host Middle Class Prosperity Project forum on “The Effects Of Poverty On Children’s Opportunities”

WHEN:                       Thursday, December 3, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE:                    385 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510


  • Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director, NETWORK
  • Kathryn Edin, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in Sociology and Public Health, Johns Hopkins University; co-author, $2 a Day: The Art of Living on Virtually Nothing in America
  • Robert Greenstein, President, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities 
114th Congress