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Rep. McCarthy: Pushing 300K Children Off Lunch Program To Protect Military Spending Is Trimming The Fat

Posted by on May. 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM
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Rep. McCarthy: Pushing 300K Children Off Lunch Program To Protect Military Spending Is Trimming The Fat

House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)

Yesterday, House Republicans moved legislation forward aimed at preventing any reductions in military spending, even if that means cutting much needed programs for the nation’s poorest. The House Armed Services Committee’s bill provides $554 billion for the Pentagon — $29 billion more than DOD had requested — while the GOP-led Budget Committee packaged six bills that would “slice $261 billion from food stamps, Medicaid, social services and other programs for struggling Americans.”

Last night on Fox News, House Majoriy Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) claimed that the Republicans were just trimming the fat from the budget and getting rid of wasteful spending:

VAN SUSTEREN: But these cuts — I mean, these cuts — I mean, some of the cuts, I mean, just — you know, there are — there’s money sitting in our government. There’s some fat that we can.. some of these cuts. I mean — the fat is incredible!

MCCARTHY: Then you would support what we’re doing. That’s we’re doing committee by committee!

Watch the clip:

So what do McCarthy and the GOP consider budget fat? The New York Times today offeredsome details:

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the bill would push 1.8 million people off food stamps and could cost 280,000 children their school lunch subsidies and 300,000 children their health insurance coverage through the federal and state Children’s Health Insurance Program. Elimination of the social services block grant to state and local governments would hit child abuse prevention programs, Meals on Wheels and child care.

A further 23 million would be affected by the repeal of the Social Services Block Grant, which helps fund child care and disability assistance to low-income Americans.

In fact, eliminating the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans would more than provide the savings the Republicans are seeking, twice over.

But not only are House Republicans protecting “largely useless” weapons systems and programs by cutting needed social services, their motivation stems from trying to prevent military spending cuts of nearly $500 billion over ten years because of the Budget Control Act’s sequestration trigger. Luckily for the GOP, the Center for American Progress has found more than $500 billion in Pentagon cuts — i.e. the real budget fat — that could be implemented over the next decade while still maintaining our vast military superiority.

While GOP plan has no chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate, the AP noted yesterday that it is “likely just a sample of what’s in store next year from Republicans if Mitt Romney wins the White House and the GOP takes back the Senate.”

by on May. 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM
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erika9009
by Silver Member on May. 8, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Yeah, lets see the details on that. 

If the family make 90k a year and are on the lunch prog, then they should get kicked off.

Now, is this "eligible" kids?????  Or actual kids on food stamps.  I always wonder what the NY Times actually leaves out.

What needs to happen is EVERYTHING needs to have some cuts.  Military, Welfare etc.

The problem is that the ones doing the "cutting" have a vested interest in keeping the spending as it is.  It's not like they are going to get fired if they don't balance the budget. 

What I would love to see it that if the congress does not balance the budget, they cannot get re elected.

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littlelamb303
by Member on May. 8, 2012 at 3:18 PM

well, no republican president has balanced a budget since IKE, that is a fact.  In my school district you have to prove your inocme to get on the free/reduced lunch program, so I do not believe that higher income people can get away with that.  I know that there is abuse out there though, I have witnessed it first hand.  Lots of government money is going to drug/acohol addicted people in hospitals/rehab.  Those places are filled with people who do not work.  The problem is that they are repeat offenders, in and out on the taxpayers dime.  I say if to stop taking care of them if they refuse to help themselves over and over again.  This is where you need to clean it up.  Also, women who continue to have babies while on welfare, Stop payments for them, they are not responsible. Help those who need it the most, people who worked for years and got sick /accident or lost a job.  Not losers who will not help themselves.   Make the top income earners pay more, as they did in the 90s.  Political history shows that the economy was never good when they did not pay a higher percentage.  Under herbert hoovers great depression, same thing, wealthy got tax breaks.  These are just a few ways to clean up the waste without hurting people

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