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Budget Watch: This Week...

November 28, 2011

No Deal Better than a Bad Deal

Congress is back in Washington this week and is once again dealing with federal budget and deficit reduction issues. Just before Thanksgiving, the Supercommittee failed to meet the November 23rd deadline for proposing a comprehensive deficit reduction plan, so $1.2 trillion in automatic across-the-board cuts are now slated to go into effect on January 1, 2013. While we’re disappointed the Supercommittee process did not result in balanced approach to deficit reduction that protected and invested in children’s programs, we believe no deal was better than a bad deal given many of the proposals would have gutted critical programs serving children and families.

Now, much remains uncertain and it is unclear what is next for the budget process or if there will be any other major actions by Congress related to deficit reduction before the year’s end. As Congress races to wrap up the spending bills to fund the government for fiscal year 2012 and work to get our nation back on track, we will continue to keep asking how these proposals will impact the programs that children and families need to survive and thrive.

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