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Congress has responsibility to pay the bills it runs up

Editor, Ceres Courier,

Congress has a responsibility to pay the bills it runs up. For decades, this was not an issue. But now House GOP leaders are refusing to pay unless they get deep cuts to SNAP, Medicaid, housing assistance and core global poverty programs. For them, people struggling to make ends meet are the problem, not reckless tax cuts for the rich that Congress has enacted over the last 40 years. These proposed budget cuts would force deep hardship onto tens of millions of people still recovering from the COVID economic downturn and rising costs of basic needs.

Even worse, a debt default would trigger a deep recession and throw millions of Americans out of work. Instead of being responsible, House leaders are holding the U.S. economy hostage to punish Americans experiencing poverty. This must stop. I strongly urge President Biden and congressional leaders to reject any budget cuts that would increase poverty and to lift the debt ceiling immediately. 

Daniel Marsh,


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