(NNPA) Washington D.C. – Late last night, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) debated the Congressional Black Caucus’ Fiscal Year 2012 Alternative Budget on the House Floor. The United States Congress took up the Cleaver/Scott Amendment—the CBC Budget. The final vote was 103 to 303. The CBC budget focuses on the CBC’s priorities of economic development, job creation, cradle to college and workforce education, and protecting the Affordable Care Act. It makes significant investments in education, job training, transportation and infrastructure, and advanced research and development programs that will accelerate the economic recovery. At the same time, the CBC Budget protects the social safety net without cutting Social Security, killing Medicaid, or making seniors contribute more to Medicare.
The CBC has served this nation diligently for the past 40 years since 1971, and since 1981 it has offered an alternative budget. On the 101st day in the 112th Congress of the United States, the CBC related the Republican Leadership has not brought one jobs bill or solution to the table. Instead, the CBC contended, the GOP leadership passed a budget with draconian cuts that will critically wound and significantly impact vulnerable communities.
The nation's communities of color have been hit hardest by the effects of the recession. Even as the country’s economy slowly rebounds, Black communities are experiencing disproportionately higher rates of unemployment, home foreclosure, educational disadvantages, and economic hardship. As a result, vulnerable communities increasingly rely on public programs to meet their basic needs, but these are the programs the Republican Leadership is eradicating with their budget proposal, according to the CBC.
The Members of the Congressional Black Caucus believe that budgets serve as a window into the moral compass of a nation’s conscience—and the nation’s compass is horribly off. Recklessly cutting vital programs like job training, education, and health care to millions of hardworking American families is not a roadmap to balancing the budget.
For more information on the CBC FY 2012 Fiscal Year Budget please visit: http://thecongressionalblackcaucus.com/issues/the-2012-budget/
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