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The new Republican budget would condemn America to economic decline, undermine the American Dream, and shred the social compact. By rigging the game in favor of the wealthy and privileged special interests while dismantling the ladder of opportunity for everyone else, it violates the fundamental promise that every hard-working American should have a fair shot at success.
Whether you’re a working mother who relies on welfare, a child who gets nutrition from food stamps, or a Catholic nun, some Republican lawmakers apparently have the same refrain for those seeking government assistance: You’re on your own.
One major challenge facing Congress if we don’t act now is automatic, meat-ax budget cuts at the end of this year — set up as a measure of last resort in the Budget Control Act. The cuts — $1.2 trillion over 10 years — are a reckless and irresponsible way to reduce the deficit. It was designed to be so unpalatable that Democrats and Republicans would come together to avoid this sword of Damocles.