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Clinton offers plan Thursday to cut US child poverty in half in 12 years

Clinton offers plan Thursday to cut US child poverty in half in 12 years

Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton is offering a plan to improve childhood nutrition and setting a goal to reduce by half the 12 million youngsters living in poverty over the next 12 years.
A package of proposals, to be unveiled Thursday, includes a "comprehensive" early education initiative that starts with nurses' visits for pregnant women and calls for universal nursery school programs.
The New York senator says she would give children "greater access to healthy, fresh food."
She was to spell out her proposals in a speech at Ohio University's child care development center.
Clinton aides said the new programs would carry an annual pricetag of US$5 billion to US$6 billion. She would cover the cost by toughening enforcement to collect taxes currently owed but not paid.
School breakfast programs would be universal in low-income neighborhoods under her proposal.
Clinton also says she would launch an effort to get junk food out of schools.
Background documents outlining her proposal were provided to The Associated Press.
In them, Clinton also calls for stronger programs aimed at cutting teen pregnancy as well as toughening child support enforcement programs to "support responsible fatherhood."
Clinton argues that roughly 12.9 million children live in poverty, with about 5 million living in extreme poverty.
The effort would bolster minority children, Clinton says, with roughly one-third of black children living in poverty and 28 percent of Hispanic youngsters living in poor households. That compares with the roughly 10 percent of white children in poverty, she says.
"While we celebrate America as a place where an individual's circumstances at birth should not determine his or her life chances, the fact is that economic mobility is now in decline in America," Clinton's background documents say. "Children born in poverty are likely to live in poverty their whole lives."
The effort to provide nursing care for pregnant women builds on a program she shaped as first lady of Arkansas, a program she said has been a dramatic success.


Updated : 2020-12-02 12:42 GMT+08:00