03.17.15

Congresswoman Lee's Statement on the Congressional Progressive Caucus's People's Budget

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Lee joined her colleagues in the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) and progressive partners in unveiling the CPC’s People’s Budget. She released this statement:

“The CPC’s People’s Budget invests in American families, not special interests.

Despite a recovering economy, too many Americans are still struggling to make ends meet. This budget helps American families and makes much needed investments to support the most vulnerable and communities of color, which have been the hardest hit by the economic recession.

This budget would create more than 8 million good-paying jobs by 2018 and establishes a national strategy to effectively cut poverty in half over the next decade. That’s more than 22 million American lifted out of poverty and into the middle class.

Additionally, this budget reins in waste, fraud and abuse at the Pentagon and ends the OCO slush fund that for too long has padded the wallets of defense contractors.”

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Congresswoman Lee is the chair of the Social Work Caucus. She is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. She serves as chair of the Whip’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.