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Do You Agree With Barbara Lee's Statement on Fiscal Cliff Deal?

Congress passed a short-term compromise measure Tuesday night that temporarily averts the so-called "fiscal cliff."

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Ninth District) issued the following statement Tuesday regarding the vote on the “Fiscal Cliff” budget deal:

“I am pleased that a budget agreement has been reached between our President and the Congress that will keep our most vulnerable from falling of the 'human cliff.' While of course this bill is far from perfect, I am encouraged that the efforts of members of the Progressive and Congressional Black Caucus’s led to the extension of the middle class tax cut, an extension of the child tax credit, the Earned Income Tax Credit and an extension of Emergency Unemployment Insurance. This agreement also extends renewable energy incentives, the Research and Experimentation tax credit and other business incentives that will continue to create jobs and rebuild our economy for all.

“However, I am remain deeply concerned regarding the impact of potential cuts on communities of color and other vulnerable populations in the ongoing negotiations on sequestration and the debt ceiling, despite the two month extension. 

“As a member of both the Budget and Appropriations Committees next Congress, I will continue to fight to make sure there are no further cuts to safety net programs, including Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. I specifically oppose cuts to services for diabetes, end stage renal disease, and other illnesses that disproportionately impact underserved communities. And, I am committed to evaluating the impact of the funding used to pay for the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR or 'doc fix').

“As budget negotiations move in the next Congress, I will keep fighting to increase revenue by closing tax loopholes, cutting the bloated Pentagon budget and ensuring the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes. It is in our nation’s best interest both morally and economically to develop policies that protect and grow the middle class and fight for those aspiring for and striving to be in the middle class.”

Editor's note: As of Jan. 3, 2013, Barbara Lee will be representing the newly drawn 13th Congressional District.

Do you agree with Barbara Lee's statement? Share your thoughts in the omments section below.

Jim Faison January 03, 2013 at 10:31 PM
As a protege of Ron Dellums, who likely voted for and believed in the 'War on Poverty' and the 'War on Drugs' of course she worried about 'programs' that assist those 'of color' like the Asian Health Center she got funding for last year, and the 'grant' to the OPD for more police, but she and Quan and her old clerk Sandre' were out there supporting the attack on BART when Grant, a parolee was shot, like so many others, 'just hangin' out'!! More black men on the street than in prison and more than in college!! 'Trying to shut the barn door after the horse has escaped'!!
Stu Sweetow January 03, 2013 at 11:08 PM
She points out that health care is lacking for too many Americans. With so many unemployed, this is the time to bolster job growth, and stimulus dollars from the government can do that. Rather than reduce the safety net she suggests we take a closer look at the defense budget. Children should not be in poverty in the US while we are wasting billions on cost overruns for fighter jets.
Jim Faison January 04, 2013 at 12:15 AM
When the 'war on poverty' started in 1965, the defense budget was 50%, now about 8%, so 'fighter jets' and Humvees and bullets is not the issue. Child exploitation that Sandre worries about, and about which no one argues is due to the people that profit, but as Dellums said, "we can't cut down on crime by putting people in prison" Three generations of ignorance, but Mr Swanson will head for Loni Hancock's Senate seat; why didn't he do it in 2012? Pressure from Barbara Lee, likely, and the Dem 'machine'. John Russo lost when in bid for Assembly in 2006!! Now he is in Alameda, where Sandre' lives with his huge family.
Karen Ivy January 04, 2013 at 09:08 PM
I agree with her that it's a good thing they passed the bill, and that the unemployment insurance passed. But the rest of her statement leaves me concerned that she doesn't understand the extent to which Congress, by spending more than it took in for the last 12 years, is digging the country into a hole. Budgeting for a country is not the same as budgeting for a household, and countries can afford more borrowing than households because they can print money. But we've reached the point where merely raising taxes isn't enough, and we have to take a serious look at all our spending. I'm concerned that Ms. Lee is not interested in cutting any spending anywhere. I certainly don't agree with the entire Republican position but I do agree that these issues require more thought than Congress, so far, appears capable of giving them.
Jim Faison January 05, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Every time Barbara and Jean Quan and her former clerk, Sandre' Swanson show up, whether at the Port of Oakland, or Laney College, or Oakland/Berkeley City Hall, you know that this is 'federal sp ending'. 435 districts with $20 million here (or even $1.4 for 'poor little Pinole') it is happening 434 other places, plus the 100 places when you see Barbara Boxer or Dianne Feinstein show up. Folks, this is spanding, Karen Ivy is correct!!!

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