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CONFERENCE CALL ADVISORY: Rep. Van Hollen, Sen. Merkley, Carmel Martin to Outline How House and Senate Budgets Hurt Working- and Middle-Class Families
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CONFERENCE CALL ADVISORY: Rep. Van Hollen, Sen. Merkley, Carmel Martin to Outline How House and Senate Budgets Hurt Working- and Middle-Class Families

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.

Click here to see all of CAP’s analyses on the FY 2016 budget proposals.

WHO:

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

WHAT:

News conference call on House and Senate budget proposals

WHEN:

Friday, March 20, 2015
11:30 a.m.

TO RSVP:

To receive call-in information, contact Katie Murphy at kmurphy@americanprogress.org  or 202.495.3682.