U.S. House of Representatives Passes Bad Budget for Kids
Recently, all but 10 Republicans and no Democrats voted to pass Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget in the U.S. House of Representatives. This budget does not have much of a chance to pass the Senate before the November elections, but the likely Republican nominee for President, Mitt Romney, has already endorsed the plan and would likely sign it into law if it passed Congress and he was President.
The budget would dramatically reduce our national debt over the next ten years, but it would do it by severely weakening the already thin safety net used to help struggling families transition from difficult economic times to a more prosperous future.
Among other things, the Ryan budget targets funding cuts to job training programs that help put parents back to work and places over 1 million Arizonans at risk of losing assistance to pay for food. According to the Center on Budget Policies and Priorities, the Ryan budget would focus 62% of its non-defense spending cuts on programs that help low income families. While at the same time, it would enact new tax cuts that would provide huge windfalls to households at the top of the income scale.