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November 19th, 2012
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Rep. Lee: Entitlement programs should not be on the table in fiscal cliff negotiations

This morning on "Starting Point," Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) on the latest in the fiscal cliff negotiations. She explains why she think entitlement reform - including cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and other programs - should not be 'on the table' in fiscal cliff negotiations.

“We should not touch [entitlement programs]," Rep. Lee says. "For Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, these are programs that people have worked for. These are programs also that address those who are low-income and who are poor. I don’t believe that low income individuals and the most vulnerable and our seniors should be part of a deal."

"Why should they have to bare the brunt of the cuts when we’re talking about finding revenue to be able to really balance the budget, create a path toward deficit reduction and really reignite the American dream for everyone? I don’t believe that entitlement cuts that would affect the poor, and seniors and low income individuals should really be on the table,” she adds.

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  1. Rocket Scientist

    It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the only way this thing is going to work is looking at ALL entitlements in addition to new revenue. The new revenue proposed by Obama and the democrats lasts 8 days. Then what are we going to do Ms. Lee? There are not enough "rich" people to fund this mess. Tell the truth and QUIT LYING to the American people!!! Balance what budget? The Senate hasn't had a budget in years and Obama's budget was voted against by ALL of Congress (democrats too).

    November 27, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. John Q Public

    Really? Take a look at your own bankrupt state of CA lady. EVERYTHING needs to be on the table, don't you dare bankrupt my country with your failed foolish policies. If you don't like my country you're free to leave.

    November 19, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse | Reply

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