More than half of the members of Congress are millionaires. Nearly 200 are multimillionaires.
A few came from poverty, but they have not experienced the realities of financial distress in decades.
Writes Politico: "Time in Washington is disproportionately spent fixated on the needs and desires of America's wealthiest citizens."
When it comes to determining policy aimed at helping poor Americans, The Daily Circuit asks, are the wealthy best for the job?
If you've struggled financially, do you think policymakers really understand what its like? What do you think is most misunderstood about being poor? Leave your comments below.