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Statement by Irwin Redlener, MD on President Obama's State of the Union Address

Irwin Redlener, MD, Co-founder and President and Paul Simon, Co-founder

“The president made a strong case for universal early education in America, along with raising the minimum wage. But his commitment to eliminate extreme poverty and save children from preventable deaths was focused on children of the world. All of this is, of course, laudable. But we hoped to hear a commitment to eliminate child poverty in America, where more than 16 million children are facing grim challenges right now that undermine their futures – and the future economy of the nation.  Poor kids are not a voting block and they don't have the capacity to influence public policy.  The sooner the president engages the full power of his office in the battle to eliminate child poverty, the better the prospects of every child reaching his or her potential."