National Policy Alliance

Requesting the White House to educate and enforce Congressman James Clyburn's (SC) 10-20-30 Initiative

Whereas in the United States, there are 474 counties where 20 percent or more of the population has been living below the poverty line for the last thirty years. The counties are as diverse as our great nation; Appalachian communities in Kentucky and North Carolina, Native American communities in South Dakota and Alaska, Latino communities in Arizona and New Mexico, and African American communities in Mississippi and South Carolina. They lack access to quality schools, affordable quality health care and adequate job opportunities.

This is not a partisan issue. In 2009, these counties were represented by 43 Democrats and 84 Republicans in Congress. Democrats represented 149 of them, with a total population of 8.8 million; Republicans 311, with a total population of 8.3million; and 14, with a total population of 5.3 million, were split between Republicans and Democrats.

Whereas, the National Policy Alliance is aware the 10- 20-30 Initiative was included in the Recovery Act , which included a provision that directed at least 10 percent of rural development investments to communities where 20 percent or more of the population had lived below the poverty line for the last 30 years.

Whereas the NPA is asking the President and the White House Administration to help educate and enforce this worthwhile initiative introduced by Congressman Clyburn.

Now be it resolved , the NPA, which represents 70 million Americans and over 30,000 elected officials, is ready to lend their support to the President in promoting this endeavor.