Bipartisan Group Eyes Tax Overhaul for Anti-Poverty Push
Lawmakers renew push for the "Investing in Opportunity Act"

Sen. Tim Scott is part of the bipartisan group pushing for the “Investment in Opportunity Act.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is hoping its anti-poverty legislation will become law this year as part of a broader push for a tax overhaul.

“We are teed up for success in this Congress,” Sen. Tim Scott said. “The realistic opportunity for tax reform was not last Congress. It’s this Congress.”

House Republicans Push 'Welfare to Work' Poverty Platform
Democrats pan the first plank in the GOP's agenda

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., left, and Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, right, announced House Republicans' poverty platform in Washington at the House of Help City of Hope, run by Bishop Shirley Holloway, center. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan's promise to deliver a "new approach to fighting poverty" was met with widespread skepticism Tuesday from Democrats, who said Republicans are simply recycling proposals that have failed to gain traction.  

Ryan, R-Wis., made his way across the Anacostia River to release a House Republican poverty platform that calls for, among other things, giving welfare benefits only to people who are working or preparing to get a job. The 35-page policy paper is the first installment of the GOP's six-plank agenda, called A Better Way .   

'Walking Dead' Star: 'Poverty is Sexist'

Gurira, who plays “Michonne” on the AMC series the "Walking Dead," arrives in the Russell Rotunda to film a Snapchat video for the One Campaign. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The ONE Campaign brought celebrities to Capitol Hill on International Women’s Day, including AMC’s "Walking Dead" actress Danai Gurira, for its "Poverty is Sexist" initiative.  

Other stars teaming up with ONE's 200 volunteers on Tuesday were "Dawson’s Creek"  sweetheart Katie Holmes, lead singer of 'Jars of Clay' Dan Haseltine and "Law & Order" actress Carey Lowell.  

Ryan Talks Poverty at CPAC

Ryan spoke at CPAC Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

FORT WASHINGTON, Md -- Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., received a warm welcome as he spoke about his push to combat poverty in front of hundreds of conservatives Thursday afternoon.  

"We care about restoring the American idea, and that is the condition of your birth does not determine the outcome of your life,” Ryan said at annual the Conservative Political Action Conference at the National Harbor in Maryland.  

Black Caucus Chairman Seeks Partnership With Paul Ryan

Butterfield, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, is interviewed by Roll Call in his office. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G.K. Butterfield wants the House to address poverty in America, and feels he may have an unlikely partner in new Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis.  

“We got into the weeds with him,'' Butterfield said of a past meeting between Ryan and the CBC, which took place before Butterfield was made CBC chairman. "He convinced me he understood pervasive poverty in America.”  That meeting was in the spring of 2014, after Ryan made a controversial comment about poverty being caused by the “tailspin of culture” in “inner cities” where men don’t work or “value the culture of work.”