Posted by Christopher Johnson | Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 | Uncategorized | 10 Comments
Democratic leaders called on Wednesday for new spending and tax cuts to boost the sluggish U.S. economy, setting up a fresh hurdle for bipartisan efforts to head off a government debt default this summer.
Senate Democrats want the deal to include a payroll tax cut, more money for highway construction and clean-energy subsidies to bring down the 9.1 percent unemployment rate.
“Get the recovery right before you get in this deficit-cutting mode,” Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Dick Durbin told reporters. “Get people back to work.”
The deal would then have to win approval from the Republican-controlled House and the Democratic-controlled Senate — a tough task for party leaders. Many Republicans have said they won’t back a deal unless it includes immediate spending cuts and advances a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution, which would be unacceptable to Democrats.
Here’s something for the Congress to spend more money on.
Taxpayers should be on the hook for abortions done on women and unborn children at military base hospitals, according to new legislation several Senate Democrats filed in order to advance an agenda item they’ve pushed in the past.
Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey joined with fellow Democrats Kirstin Gillibrand of New York, Barbara Boxer of California, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, and Patty Murray of Washington that would pay for the abortions of women in the military.
“Women who bravely choose to serve our country in the military shouldn’t have to forfeit their rights,” Lautenberg said. “When military hospitals fail to provide reproductive health services, women serving in foreign countries are left without access to safe and legal health care. This is unjust treatment for our servicewomen that must be brought to an end.”