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146 National Groups Outline Priorities on Budget in Letter to President Obama

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights issued the following news release:

As our nation approaches the so-called “fiscal cliff,” 146 national organizations [including The City Project] are calling on President Obama and Congress to work together to prioritize job creation, oppose benefit cuts to social insurance programs, protect the safety net and require corporations and wealthy individuals to pay their fair share.

In a letter sent Friday to President Obama and congressional leaders of both chambers, the organizations representing working people, people of color, low-income communities, women, people with disabilities, faith communities, and good government advocates set out five urgent priorities that should be part of any budget agreement:

  • Creating jobs and growing the economy.
  • No cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security benefits or shifting costs to beneficiaries or the states.
  • No cuts to the safety net and vital services for low-income people.
  • Stopping the sequester.
  • Requiring the wealthiest and corporations to pay their fair share, starting with ending tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent.
The groups have also highlighted their priorities in a full-page ad Thursday in The Washington Post.

The joint letter states:

As you work to craft a resolution to these economic and fiscal challenges, we urge you to embrace the call of the American people to focus on job creation and avoid any actions that would cost jobs, oppose benefit cuts for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, protect our nation’s safety net, and oppose any extension of the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2 percent of Americans.   

And continues:

Given the current state of the economy, we have serious concerns that many of the proposals under consideration would require substantial reductions in federal investments, removing even more money from the economy and burdening many of the same working families that have already borne the brunt of our nation’s deficit reduction efforts.

Click here to read the entire letter to President Obama and view full list of signatories, including The City Project.