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Black Caucus seeks poverty dialogue with Rep. Paul Ryan

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Led by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., members of the Congressional Black Caucus explain why they boycotted a vote by the House Financial Services Committee on regulating Wall Street.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan made some waves last month when he attributed American poverty to a “tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work.” 

After initially denouncing those comments, the Congressional Black Caucus has now invited Ryan to a closed-door meeting to discuss strategies for alleviating poverty. That meeting is slated for a week from today. 

For more on this, we spoke with Frank Gilliam. He's Dean of the Luskin School of Public Policy at UCLA.

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