Top Dem: Republican Budget Will ‘Haunt’ Mitt Romney
Monday night, the House Budget Committee passed a “Sequester Replacement Act,” which would cut roughly $380 billion, mostly from programs like food stamps, child tax credits, and Medicaid, in order to forestall scheduled cuts in defense spending. You will recall that the defense cuts came as a result of the failure of the so called super committee which was supposed to come up with a long-term deficit plan.
Democrats are, correctly, pressing the argument that the GOP budget favors the rich and moneyed interests over the middle class.
“That’s going to be a powerful argument that the president can make—after all Mitt Romney has said that the House Republican budget is—quote—’wonderful,’ and I think that that’s going to come back to haunt him,” Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee, told reporters Tuesday morning. Van Hollen was very careful how he framed the argument, making sure to talk about it in terms of the middle class rather than the poor—in other words setting it up as an appeal to swing voters rather than something which could inspire ire from them over the freeloading poor.
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