"From my experience, many federal programs are not designed and measured for the end goal impact. How can we set our goal at ending homelessness and then measure success by counting the number of shelter beds we fill? How can we have a goal of a family thriving and then count it successful when they are signed up for public benefits? That is why it is my firm belief that research and a focus on results has to be paired with the services provided."
"I believe strongly in the principle of preferential treatment for the poor and vulnerable and that we should design policies with the poor in mind, particularly the policies aimed at alleviating their suffering. We should not design policies for an end result of families simply subsisting in their poverty. Rather, federal policy should be aimed at helping people move from crisis to stability, and ultimately to a place where they are thriving. It makes sense economically, it makes sense socially, and it makes sense morally."
If we as Americans agree that each person should be able to achieve their full, God-given potential – and I think we all could agree on that – we need to ensure that every American can access safe housing, plentiful and nutritious food, honest work for a fair wage, and full participation in community life."
"The Farm Bill, specifically as it relates to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, should be a pathway to success for Americans. Families in poverty face many challenges, from food, to housing, to toxic stress. These benefits address one of these critical needs. However, these alone do not propel an American family forward. Reform must focus on shifting to a comprehensive solution for moving people out of poverty."