Congressional Republicans are using new rhetoric on inequality and poverty, but budget proposals unveiled this week offer more of the same policies that leave working families behind.
Washington, D.C. — On Friday, March 20, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) will join Center for American Progress Action Fund Executive Vice President for Policy Carmel Martin for a news conference call to outline how the House and Senate budget proposals released this week will hurt working- and middle-class families. Rep. Van Hollen, the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, and Sen. Merkley, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, will also preview next week’s highly anticipated debate of the federal budgets on the floor of the House and the Senate.
Now more than ever, congressional Republicans are speaking publicly about the need to combat inequality and tackle wage stagnation, but many key priorities that are critical to addressing poverty and growing the middle class were conspicuously absent from their budgets. Despite the new talking points from members of the House and Senate majorities, their budget proposals reuse the same top-down policies that leave working families behind for the benefit of the wealthy and corporations.
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Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Ranking Member, House Budget Committee
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Member, Senate Budget Committee
Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy, Center for American Progress Action Fund
News conference call on House and Senate budget proposals
Friday, March 20, 2015
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