Combating Poverty: Understanding New Challenges for Families

Ron Haskins
August 9, 2012

In testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution examines the major causes of poverty, trends in spending to help poor and low-income Americans, and strategies Congress has adopted to fight poverty. Accrding to Haskins, while poverty has shown great if unfortunate staying power, we have learned useful lessons about how to fight it.