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Adam Sarvana (Grijalva), 202-225-2435
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Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Oppose Republican Scheme to Destroy 15 Million Jobs

WASHINGTON - Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), today released the following statement after voting against the failed House Republican Balanced Budget Amendment:

“We don’t need to amend our constitution to balance our budget. We need responsible lawmakers who invest in our country instead of giving tax handouts to millionaires and billionaires. The American people need their leaders to create jobs, not more partisan budget gimmicks like amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The failure of this legislation is a clear sign that Americans want action on reducing the debt, not just rhetoric. The so-called Balanced Budget Amendment may sound nice, but it would only make it harder to create jobs in bad times and slowour economic growth in good times. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, this latest ploy by Washington Republicans would destroy 15 million American jobs, double unemployment, cut benefits for our nation’s veterans and decimate Social Security and Medicare for our seniors. 

Instead of a plan to create jobs and rebuild America, Republicans offered yet another partisan scheme to distract from the real help our country needs. They should be making decisions based on sound policy, not sound bites.”


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The Congressional Progressive Caucus was established in the U.S. House of Representatives in the early 1990s. It reflects the diversity and strength of the American people, and we seek to give voice to the needs and aspirations of all Americans and to build a more just and humane society. The Co-Chairs of the 78-Member Congressional Progressive Caucus, U.S. Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), welcome your interest in the growing Progressive Caucus.

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