Cutting food stamps will only require us to spend more money in the future as underfed children grow into struggling young adults.
Another critical anti-poverty program is the Earned Income Tax Credit, a refundable tax credit for low-wage workers. Together with the Child Tax Credit it lifts 9 million people out of poverty every year.
Unfortunately, it does little for adult workers without children. Workers under age 25 are ineligible for the EITC. Instead of helping young workers as they begin their careers, we are taxing them into poverty.
Both House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Barack Obama agree that this must be addressed. They support a plan to double the credit for childless workers and to lower the age of eligibility from 25 to 21.
According to the Treasury Department, this proposal would lift 500,000 hard-working Americans out of poverty. Even in this climate of division and negativity in politics it is possible to work together to fight poverty.
I call on my congressman, Rep. John Delaney, and the rest of the Maryland delegation to do so by pushing to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit.