Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, issued the following statement following House passage of H.R. 582, the Raise the Wage Act.
The United States is home to more immigrants than any other country in the world, with more than 44 million people – nearly 14 percent of our population – born abroad. In a hearing earlier this month, “Building A More Dynamic Economy: The Benefits of Immigration,” the House Budget Committee heard from witnesses who highlighted the critical contributions immigrants make to the economy and affirmed how comprehensive immigration reform can act as an engine for job creation, innovation, economic growth, and fiscal stability.
Chairman John Yarmuth gave the following opening statement at today’s hearing examining the many ways comprehensive immigration reform would help secure our long-term fiscal health and help create a more vibrant and dynamic economy.
Today, 11 House Committee chairs sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney in opposition to the Trump administration’s proposal to redefine the poverty threshold—a move that would drastically shrink eligibility for public programs such as Medicaid, housing assistance, and free school meals.