May 11, 2021

Congressman Neguse Named to the Majority Leader Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity as Vice Chair of Housing and Transportation

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Joe Neguse has been named to serve another term as the Vice Chair on Housing and Transportation in the Majority Leader Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity. The Task Force works to bring attention to the need for comprehensive efforts to eradicate poverty. 

“I’m honored to serve another term on the Majority Leader’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity as the Vice Chair on Housing and Transportation, both issues that are incredibly important to Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District,” said Congressman Neguse. “As our communities expand, and the economy changes, many constituents in my district find it more and more difficult to live where they work. Therefore, it is essential that we fully invest in affordable housing options and infrastructure that meets the needs of our mountain communities and our growing city centers. I look forward to working with the Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity to enact common-sense legislation that invests in our communities and provides opportunity for individuals across Colorado and across our country.”

The Members selected for the Vice-Chair position are:

  • Rep. Joe Neguse (CO-02), Vice-Chair on Housing and Transportation 
  • Rep. Cori Bush (MO-01), Vice-Chair on Children, Families, and Communities
  • Rep. Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), Vice-Chair on Urban Poverty  
  • Rep. Kaiali'i Kahele (HI-02), Vice-Chair on Economic Opportunity, Education, and Workforce Development  
  • Rep. Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01), Vice-Chair on Rural Poverty 

“I've been proud to partner with Chairwoman Barbara Lee to ensure that the House remains focused on combating poverty and creating opportunity for all Americans.  The five vice chairs we have selected are Members who are deeply committed to this work and who have a track record of leadership on issues relating to alleviating poverty, reducing disparities, promoting equity in access to opportunities, and securing justice for those who are economically disadvantaged.  I look forward to working closely with them and with Chairwoman Lee to continue the Task Force's efforts in the 117th Congress,” said Majority Leader Hoyer.

“As Chair of the Majority Leader Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity, I am proud to announce our new Vice Chairs, who will bring innovative new ideas that will help us further our task force’s mission of eliminating poverty once and for all,”?said Congresswoman Lee. “The COVID-19 pandemic has created a public health and economic crisis, on top of a poverty crisis, that has hit communities of color especially hard. It is unjust and unacceptable that in the richest nation in the world, millions of people are struggling to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. I look forward to continuing my work with Majority Leader Hoyer and our new member Vice Chairs to tackle the structural inequality impacting families and communities across our country.”  

Launched in 2013, the Majority Leader Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity works to raise awareness of Members of Congress and the American people about the ongoing crisis of poverty, the positive human and economic impacts of effective poverty alleviation programs, and the need for a comprehensive national effort to eradicate poverty. ?The Task Force, with over 100 members, consults with key stakeholders to develop support for strategies to eradicate poverty and build opposition to proposed cuts to anti-poverty programs by Congressional Republicans.

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