The Recognizing Poverty Act

Productivity has risen and more family members have entered the workforce, but purchasing power of the average household has remained the same. Despite the evolving nature of our expenses, the way we calculate the federal poverty line has not been adjusted, causing millions of Americans experiencing poverty to fall through the ever-growing holes in our social safety programs. We can build a more just society by enabling families to thrive in our modern economy.

This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with the Bureau of Census and Bureau of Labor Statistics, to adjust the federal poverty line to account for geographic cost variation, costs related to health insurance, work expenses for the family, child care needs, and new necessities, like internet access.