This year marks the 50th anniversary of the federal government's "war on poverty," and several reports have addressed whether the United States has gained any ground.

Last week, the House Budget Committee released  "The War on Poverty: 50 Years Later."  In that report, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the House Budget Committee Chairman, stated the following about the number of people who lived in poverty:

"Over the past three years, ‘deep poverty’ has reached its highest level on record."

PolitiFact took a look at the numbers and researched Ryan's claim. Reporter Julie Kliegman reports that Rep. Ryan's statement rates TRUE.

First, a definition: "Deep poverty" refers to Americans living at or below 50 percent of the federal poverty line.

Kliegman says Ryan's claim matches up with the numbers available.

"We found Census Bureau data that tracks poverty going back to 1975," said said. "We found that for the three most recent years we have data for, which is 2009 through 2012, those three years have the highest percentage of Americans who are living in deep poverty."

Kliegman says the current percentage of Americans living in "deep poverty" is around 6.6 percent and notes that there is no information available before 1975. 

PolitiFact rates Rep. Paul Ryan's claim as TRUE.