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S. 1052: Poverty Measurement Improvement Act

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Should publicly-funded benefits be factored in when determining how much a person “earns”?


The Census Bureau’s poverty threshold is an income amount upon which the Department of Health and Human Services bases its guidelines for who qualifies for government benefits programs such as food stamps, subsidized housing, and free school lunches.

The Census Bureau only measures income before taxes, and doesn’t include those aforementioned governmental benefits. According to conservatives, that means more people are counted as “impoverished” than there should be.

Currently, the federal poverty guidelines stand at $12,880 for an individual, $17,420 for a two-person household, $21,960 for a three-person household, and $26,500 for a four-person household.

What the bill does

The Poverty Measurement Improvement Act would update the Census Bureau’s poverty threshold to include 43 different types …

Sponsor and status

Mike Lee

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Utah. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 25, 2021
Length: 16 pages
Mar 25, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Mar 25, 2021

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1 Cosponsor (1 Republican)

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Mar 25, 2021

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