A group of Democratic lawmakers—led by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.)—is demanding that the Trump administration take immediate action to address deep poverty in the United States following the recent release of a U.N. report that details “massive levels of deprivation” and “the intense suffering this deprivation causes.”
“We urge the administration to present Congress with a plan to enact the recommendations made in this report to address appalling rates of child poverty, destructive economic policies that benefit the wealthy over the working poor, criminalization of the poor, and lack of access to basic necessaties in rural and underserved communities.”
Framing the report—which examines how the administration and Republican-controlled Congress are “deliberately” waging war on the nation’s poor while lavishing the rich with massive tax cuts—as a “call to action we must heed,” the lawmakers sent a letter to U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley imploring her to share its findings with President Donald Trump.
“Inequality is a severe threat to human rights, and while these problems have been decades in the making, this administration is making things worse,” the letter states, pointing to the tax legislation Trump signed last December. “These rights include not only the right to education, healthcare, and an adequate standard of living, but demonstrate our sacred responsibility to provide a safety net for those in need.”