Keep Vulnerable From Falling Off “Human Cliff,” Says Barbara Lee

Barbara Lee

Barbara Lee

Congresswoman Barbara Lee praised this week’s Fiscal Cliff budget deal in Washington, D.C, for extending middle class tax cuts and extending Emergency Unemployment Insurance but expressed concerns about the impact of cuts on “communities of color and other vulnerable populations.” “I am pleased that a budget agreement has been reached between our president and the Congress that will keep our most vulnerable from falling off the “human cliff,” she said. While the agreement is far from perfect, said Lee, she is encouraged by efforts of Progressive and Congressional Black Caucus members that led to the extension of the middle class tax cut, an extension of the child tax credit, the Earned Income Tax Credit and an extension of Emergency Unemployment Insurance. “However, I remain deeply concerned regarding the impact of potential cuts on communities of color and other vulnerable populations in the ongoing negotiations on sequestration and the debt ceiling, despite the two month extension,” she said. As a member of both the Budget and Appropriations Committees next Congress, Lee pledged to to fight to make sure there are no further cuts to safety net programs, including Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. “I specifically oppose cuts to services for diabetes, end stage renal disease, and other illnesses that disproportionately impact underserved communities,” said Lee. “As budget negotiations move in the next Congress, I will keep fighting to increase revenue by closing tax loopholes, cutting the bloated Pentagon budget and ensuring the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes.”
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