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Spending Reduction Act of 2012

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. PALLONE. I thank my colleague from Maryland.

Mr. Speaker, Republicans are, once again, trying to undermine the recovery of the American middle class. House Republicans have rejected a balanced approach to addressing our deficits and, instead, have opted for draconian cuts to the people who can afford them the least in an effort to protect the wealthy. The Republican plan may as well be called the ``reverse Robin Hood agenda,'' by which they take from the poor to give to the rich:

It starts by literally taking food out of the mouths of children by cutting the critical Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP;

Next, they move on to one of their favorite pastimes--trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act, specifically the provisions that help make health care more affordable for women, children, seniors, and the poor; 300,000 low-income children will lose access to health care thanks to cuts to Medicaid and to the Children's Health Insurance Program. Women will lose access to critical health services covered in the ACA, like cancer screenings and immunizations;

Finally, the last step is to go after another favorite GOP target, and that's Social Security.

Mr. Speaker, House Republicans have only one constituency to protect, and that's the wealthiest Americans. It couldn't be more obvious.


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