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video: McGovern Blasts Republicans for Proposed Balanced Budget Amendment

Thursday, April 12, 2018

 

Jim McGovern

Congressman Jim McGovern blasted the Republicans proposed balanced budget amendment that would put social safety net programs like Social Security, Medicare, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program at risk.

“The so-called Balanced Budget Amendment could do irreparable harm to our economy. It would hinder Congress’ ability to respond appropriately to an economic crisis, and could potentially even create one. It could even require Congress to cut funding for safety net programs that millions of our constituents rely on – programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Supplemental Security Income, and Veterans’ Pensions. This Balanced Budget Amendment is supposed to trick people into believing Republicans still care about fiscal responsibility,” said McGovern.

This will be the seventh time a balanced budget amendment has been voted on in the House.

McGovern also called on Republicans to focus on “urgent issues” that are facing the country.

“Quite frankly, I had hoped that when we returned from our Easter break, that we would be debating and voting on legislation that would help people. I had hoped that, maybe, we would be able to finally help the hundreds of thousands of DREAMers whose lives are now in limbo because of President Trump’s decision to end DACA.

I had also hoped that we would do something to address the epidemic of gun violence in this country. Instead, what we’re doing is another bill to help the financial services industry…The Republican leadership of this House is ignoring the most pressing issues facing our country and our constituents, in favor of more legislation to rollback financial protections put into place to prevent another financial crisis.”

 

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