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Paul Ryan to Meet With Congressional Black Caucus Following Poverty Remarks

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By BVN Staff

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will meet with members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) following remarks the congressman made on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

In a letter dated March 13, the CBC expressed its offense to statements Ryan made while appearing on radio talk show "Morning in America" hosted by William Bennett, which the group has said it was "deeply troubled" by and considered "highly offensive"

During the interview, in part, Ryan said, "We have got this 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 to value the culture of work..."

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), responded to Ryan's remarks on Thursday in a statement saying,"My colleague Congressman Ryan’s comments about 'inner city' poverty are a thinly-veiled racial attack and cannot be tolerated. Let’s be clear, when Mr. Ryan says 'inner city,' when he says, 'culture,' these are simply code words for what he really means: 'black.'"

When Ryan and the CBC would meet was unclear.

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