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A Moral Crossroads: What’s Really at Stake in the Budget Debate
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A Moral Crossroads: What’s Really at Stake in the Budget Debate

As they move forward in the debates, policymakers should not forget that the budget is a moral document. Spending caps, proposals to block grant Medicaid and food stamps, and balanced budget amendments would leave vulnerable families and children to fend for themselves.

In Washington these days, political posturing and chatter around budget cuts have reached a deafening roar. As we draw closer to August 2, the day by which the federal government must raise the debt ceiling or face default, policymakers on both sides of the aisle, the Administration, and party leadership will continue to jockey for the measures they’d like included in or excluded from a final deficit reduction package that will likely accompany a vote to raise the debt ceiling. On the chopping block for massive cuts are programs supporting low- to moderate-income families, like early education programs for at-risk children, nutrition assistance for pregnant moms and infants, and job training to name a few.

The above excerpt was originally published in Catholics in Alliance. Click here to view the full article.

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Katie Wright

Policy Analyst