Budget Deal, Better Than the AlternativeDecember 12, 2013
Contact: Paloma Zuleta, pzuleta at lulac.org, (202) 812-4477
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the League of United Latin American Citizens released a statement from LULAC National President Margaret Moran regarding Congress’ latest budget deal.
“While our organization still has deep concerns with regard to the budget cuts resulting from sequestration, we believe this bipartisan deal is the best proposal available to mitigate the consequences of the ill-conceived sequestration process.
“The implementation of sequestration was bad economic policy. In fact, studies conducted by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) have shown that if sequestration were left as originally designed it would have cost the U.S. over 750,000 jobs. For a nation still recovering from years of economic recession, these jobs were too valuable to lose. In addition, sequestration cut budgets across agencies without regard to the impact it had on providing critical health, nutrition, and education services to underserved communities.
“While this bipartisan budget agreement does not eliminate all the problems created by sequestration, it does serve as a positive first step. LULAC will continue to educate Members of Congress on the importance of making the right investments in critical services such as housing, health care and education.”
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 900 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.