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Do You Agree with Barbara Lee's Statement on 'Fiscal Cliff' Budget Deal

“I am pleased that a budget agreement has been reached between our President and the Congress that will keep our most vulnerable from falling of the 'human cliff.'"

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Ninth District) issued the following statement Tuesday regarding the “Fiscal Cliff” budget deal:

“I am pleased that a budget agreement has been reached between our President and the Congress that will keep our most vulnerable from falling of the 'human cliff.' While of course this bill is far from perfect, I am encouraged that the efforts of members of the Progressive and Congressional Black Caucus’s led to the extension of the middle class tax cut, an extension of the child tax credit, the Earned Income Tax Credit and an extension of Emergency Unemployment Insurance. This agreement also extends renewable energy incentives, the Research and Experimentation tax credit and other business incentives that will continue to create jobs and rebuild our economy for all.

“However, I am remain deeply concerned regarding the impact of potential cuts on communities of color and other vulnerable populations in the ongoing negotiations on sequestration and the debt ceiling, despite the two month extension. 

“As a member of both the Budget and Appropriations Committees next Congress, I will continue to fight to make sure there are no further cuts to safety net programs, including Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. I specifically oppose cuts to services for diabetes, end stage renal disease, and other illnesses that disproportionately impact underserved communities. And, I am committed to evaluating the impact of the funding used to pay for the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR or 'doc fix').

“As budget negotiations move in the next Congress, I will keep fighting to increase revenue by closing tax loopholes, cutting the bloated Pentagon budget and ensuring the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes. It is in our nation’s best interest both morally and economically to develop policies that protect and grow the middle class and fight for those aspiring for and striving to be in the middle class.”

Editor's note: As of Jan. 3, 2013, Barbara Lee will be representing the newly drawn 13th Congressional District.

1776peace January 04, 2013 at 03:33 AM
Lot of naysayers on these postings. Maybe take a trip to Washington D.C. and sit in Congressional Hearings and hear the ignorance that she and others has to put up with. And Honorable Congresswoman Lee has been out there with new ideas. many are not paying attention or getting misinformation as well as spreading mis-information.
Pwll January 04, 2013 at 07:50 AM
As a white woman I find that Barbara Lee does indeed "speak for me". I agree with everything she said in her comments. And, yes, I did read them unlike some who feel they can comment on them without reading them!
Kei January 04, 2013 at 03:37 PM
I thought these comments were moderated. If so, how did that BVCB stuff get through? The Patch is in significant decline, very little of value here any more.
Bill Costley January 04, 2013 at 10:51 PM
What does BCVB mean?
1776peace January 05, 2013 at 06:18 AM
I agree--

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