|Targeted News Service|
Meeting with advocates who are on the frontlines in supporting
"Moms, dads, and grandparents all want to do the best they can to provide for their families," Rockefeller said. "In West Virginia, this is what drives our men and women to work hard, day in and day out, and sometimes at more than one job, just so they can afford groceries, a roof overhead and a solid education for their children. Despite working long hours or tough jobs, sometimes the world seems to close in, and families get tripped up by challenges that are thrust upon them by chance. When that happens, we must pull our resources together--as neighbors, as a community, as a government--so we can give our hardest working families a hand up."
During today's roundtable, many of the programs Rockefeller has championed are now part of a framework that supports working families here in
* The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit, which he's championed since chairing the
* Pell Grants and other programs that make college education more affordable. Higher education leads to better-paying jobs and a more rewarding life, and is among the best investments we can make.
(Read more about Rockefeller's efforts on behalf of working families here (http://www.rockefeller.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/files/serve?File_id=a42dab94-dcfe-449c-bae2-29f9346bcc5f&SK=464173F07487D898C39679611D748909).)
Participants in Friday's discussion included:
(Read what they are saying about Senator Rockefeller's efforts for
"I have been so proud and honored to work with all of these people, for so many years, to create an environment where families can access critical resources that help in giving them a place to live and nutritious food to eat; where educational opportunities exist from early childhood through college and into the workforce; and where healthcare is viewed as a right for all, and not just the benefit of a privileged few.
"We've accomplished so much over the past 50 years, but history will judge us on what we do for the next 50 years. We have more work to do. This year, before I leave the