Sending Office: Honorable Mark Pocan
October 10, 2019
Cosponsor H.R. 4436
The “National Poverty Research Center Authorization Act”
Cosponsors: Rep. Dwight Evans; Rep. Alcee Hastings; Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee; Rep. Pramila Jayapal; Rep. Gwen Moore; Rep. Jamie Raskin; Rep. Jan Schakowsky
I invite you to cosponsor H.R. 4436, the “National Poverty Research Center Authorization Act”.
This legislation will require the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to permanently support the work of a National Poverty Research Center (the current Center’s discretionary agency funding expires in 2021) and a U.S. Collaborative of Poverty Centers,
a consortium of poverty research centers that currently exists across nine institutions of higher education. Through a permanent, explicit, authorization of a National Poverty Research Center, and a corresponding Collaborative of Poverty Centers, we can ensure
that poverty policy research, researcher training, and research dissemination to policy-makers continues to occur in an integrated fashion at a national scale.
The existing Collaborative of Poverty Centers consists of poverty research centers located at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (home of the current National Poverty Research Center),
Columbia University, Howard University, the University of Michigan, Stanford University, the University of California-Davis, the University of Kentucky, the University of Washington, and the University of Notre Dame. With the National
Poverty Research Center serving as a hub, the collaborative leverages partner centers’ joint resources to improve the links between policy and research communities to inform public policies that seek to reduce poverty, facilitate and support poverty-related
research, and widely disseminate research findings. Current research themes across the collaborative are poverty and geography; poverty and family functioning; poverty, employment, and self-sufficiency; poverty and the transition to adulthood; and poverty,
tax, and transfer policies.
Thank you for your consideration of this legislation. I look forward to working with you to support efforts to better understand, and alleviate, poverty in our society. I am happy to answer any questions you may have, and your staff may contact Sydney
Scott of my staff at Sydney.Scott@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-2906 anytime.
Member of Congress
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