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Bonamici Opposes Budget Reconciliation Bill

May 10, 2012
Press Release

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1), a member of the Budget Committee, voted today against the budget reconciliation bill, the latest in a series of misguided measures that attempts to balance the budget by cutting vital social services programs.

Next year automatic budget cuts to defense and domestic spending will begin to phase in if Congress does not find alternative savings.  Known as the “sequester,” these cuts will reduce the federal budget by $1.2 trillion over 10 years because of the failure of last year’s supercommittee to reach a solution on the deficit. H.R. 5652, the Sequester Replacement Act, proposes to replace the sequester by making even more cuts to key programs without any consideration of new revenue options. It would slash critical programs like the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program that provides food stamps to nearly 47 million Americans, and eliminate the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) program, which helps millions of struggling Americans and at-risk children.

“We have a moral responsibility to get this right,” Congresswoman Bonamici said today. “Deficit reduction is critical, but we must do it with a balanced approach. This bill yet again attempts to balance the budget on the backs of our most vulnerable—our seniors, our children, and those who are struggling—while allowing the nation’s wealthiest corporations and individuals to continue to receive unnecessary tax breaks and subsidies.”

Earlier this week during the Budget Committee mark-up, Congresswoman Bonamici introduced a motion to keep the SSBG, and instead eliminate some tax subsidies for oil companies. To watch her speak on the House floor on the importance of the SSBG and the inadequacy of today’s bill, click here.