On Capitol Hill on Wednesday, both Senate Democratic leaders and GOP leaders urged the importance of getting all Americans above the poverty line.
For Republicans, that means creating more job opportunities. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., touted a job creation plan aimed at the coal-mining community in his home state, and his Republican colleagues focused on getting all Americans back to work. Some were promoting building the Keystone XL pipeline and other energy-centric jobs.
On the other side of the aisle, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and his Democratic colleagues are pushing to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour. They're also looking for paycheck fairness. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., got heated while discussing the fact that women get paid 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.
Whatever the plan happens to be to get Americans out of poverty, their constituents are waiting.