A new report on the national poverty rate highlights the urgent need to address persistently low wages nationwide and to strengthen the social safety net, according to the University of California, Davis, Center for Poverty Research.

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that a total of 13.5 percent of Americans lived in poverty in 2015. Children were affected at even higher numbers, with nearly 20 percent living below the poverty line.

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