Friday, February 22, 2013

Trio of NYC House Members Warn Obama They Won’t Back Cut-Based Sequester Bargain | Politicker

More of this please.  I'm not as familiar with Serrano, but Nydia Velazquez and Jerry Nadler are two of the best reps in all of Congress.  From The Politicker:

"Three members of New York City's congressional delegation have signed on to a letter vowing not to back any White House bargain to avoid the $85 billion in automatic budget cuts known as the sequester that includes cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Both parties have been at an impasse over the cuts with Democrats favoring debt reduction through tax increases and Republicans wanting spending cuts. President Barack Obama has repeatedly expressed a desire to make a deal ahead of the March 1 deadline that includes both tax increases and proposals to reduce the costs of social programs. Now, Congressmen Jerry Nadler, Jose Serrano and Nydia Velazquez have all signed the pledge promising not to back any deal including the compromises being called for by the White House."

The President has been all too willing to sell out the promise of Social Security and Medicaid in a wrongheaded quest for some "Grand Bargain" with the GOP.  That is a fool's errand. We are only fortunate that the Republicans are so obstinate and out of touch that they rejected Obama's offer in 2011.

UPDATE:  Via the Working Families website, you can sign on too.  I was proud to do so.

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