Ted Cruz on Welfare & Poverty
A review of Census data indicates that Cruz is utilizing figures from 2011 & 2012. Cruz is right that between 2008 & 2012, 3.7 million women fell below the poverty line. He's also correct that in 2011, the median income for women is $732 less than it was in 2008. Even using updated figures, Cruz's assertion that women's income has fallen holds up. The median income for women in 2014 was still lower than it was in 2008.
Underlying Cruz's claim is that Obama's economic policies led to the drop in incomes, an assertion that's difficult to back up given the financial crisis predated Obama's inauguration. But he's accurate that based on the numbers, women's median incomes are worse off than they were in 2008.
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