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Danger Ahead: Congressional Budget Plan Will Harm Our Communities

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By AFSCME Staff Explore the Issues Legislation Federal Budget & Taxes
Danger Ahead: Congressional Budget Plan Will Harm Our Communities
(Photo by Raju Chebium)

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders today warned of “real harm to our communities” after the House of Representatives approved a budget plan with the goal of funding tax cuts for the rich at the expense of middle-class families.

“Any member of Congress who voted to support this budget just signed a permission slip for an onslaught of attacks on America's seniors, children and working families,” Saunders said.

Among other things, the budget proposal, which has now been approved by both houses of Congress, would:

All this to pave the way for tax cuts for the rich and for corporations. The measure also will allow Congress to go around normal rules and overhaul the tax code and the health care system without needing bipartisan support. 

“It is unconscionable to give a penny more to the billionaires and corporations who have rigged the rules to their own benefit at the expense of already underfunded health care, education, infrastructure and other public services,” Saunders said.