Say ‘No’ To Budget Deal, CAF Tells Congress

“This Deal Doesn’t Address the Problems We Face or the Priorities We Need,” Director Robert Borosage Says

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Robert Borosage, director of the Campaign for America’s Future, called today on legislators to vote against the budget deal announced Tuesday by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

The following statement was released by the Campaign:

“The deal announced last night by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray would provide partial funding relief for some important programs – and it might prevent future budget strife – but at an enormous cost. The deal is wrong-headed.

“While it provides partial relief from the mindless sequester cuts, it continues Tea Party-imposed austerity budgets for the next two years. This would effectively rule out any serious initiatives to put people to work by addressing our real challenges – from rebuilding the country to investing in education, from preschool to affordable college.

“It accepts the outrageous Republican position that shelters billionaires and multinationals from paying a cent more in taxes, and instead takes another hit at federal employees who have already suffered a pay freeze and furloughs.

“At a time of continued mass unemployment, it abandons the long-term unemployed, leaving renewal of extended unemployment benefits on the cutting room floor. If nothing is done, 1.3 million workers and their families will be literally left in the cold by the end of the year.

“This is both cruel and stupid. It is inexplicably immoral to shelter multinationals that avoid paying anything in taxes while abandoning workers struggling to find a job. It also costs jobs and slows growth at time when the economy needs all the help it can get.

“It is great to have a deal, but this deal doesn’t address the problems we face or the priorities we need. Progressives cannot accept a backroom deal that shelters multinationals that avoid taxes while abandoning workers who need jobs.”