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February 02, 2006

Meanwhile, in the Other Washington

Congressional Republicans are cutting programs that help poor and middle class families.  The U.S. House passed spending cuts yesterday as part of their so-called "deficit reduction package" - which, once you count in the continued tax cuts for the wealthy coming in the next part of bill, actually raises the deficit. 

The Carpetbagger has the facts:

The House yesterday narrowly approved a contentious budget-cutting package that would save nearly $40 billion over five years by imposing substantial changes on programs including Medicaid, welfare, child support and student lending.

The final vote was 216-214, with every Dem and 13 Republicans voting against it.

It's hard to pick out which part of the bill was the worst. Take your pick; you can choose from a) the harsh cuts that will hurt low-income families and students relying on loans to go to college; b) the fact that the Republicans cut taxes far more than they cut spending, leading to yet another increase in the deficit; or c) the spending cuts will hurt real people, but will have a negligible affect on the budget itself, removing less than one-half of 1% from the estimated $14.3 trillion in federal spending over the next five years.

Just in case anyone needed a reminder as to why it's so important to take back the House. 

Posted by Lynn Allen on February 2, 2006 at 10:21 AM in National and International Politics | Permalink

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