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Sen. Udall: Republican Budget Would Hurt Children, Seniors

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Thursday, March 26, 2015   

SANTA FE, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico says the proposed budget from Congressional Republicans would hurt children and seniors in his state and across the nation.

Speaking on the Senate floor yesterday, Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, pointed out that Republicans want big spending cuts that would impact Medicare, child care, education and law enforcement.

"We need to be doing more but the Republican budget does less," says Udall. "It would cut programs for low-income children, seniors and families, up to $660 billion over 10 years, including SNAP and child-nutrition programs."

Udall says the Senate Republican budget would cut total federal spending by slightly more than $5 trillion during the next decade, with most of that coming from domestic, non-defense programs.

Republicans counter the proposed spending plan would balance the federal budget within 10 years without raising taxes. Udall says Republicans seek to balance the books on the backs of working Americans, while cutting taxes for the rich.

"Make no mistake about it, this budget is one big 'yes' for those at the top, and one big 'no' for everybody else," says Udall.

During a recent speech, President Obama, whose proposed budget increases domestic spending, said the Republicans are backing a plan that offers prosperity to those who have already prospered.


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