(Washington, D.C.) The following is a statement by National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) Co-President Nancy Duff Campbell on the budget for FY 2014 released yesterday by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA).
“Senator Murray’s budget provides a stark and welcome contrast to the unfair and irresponsible budget introduced earlier this week by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. The Murray budget would make key investments to strengthen families and the economy, replace the arbitrary spending cuts from sequestration with a combination of targeted spending cuts and new revenues, protect most core safety net programs, and improve tax fairness. However, we are concerned about the proposed cuts of $275 billion from health care programs, and it will be necessary to ensure that these reductions do not hurt beneficiaries.
“The Murray budget would take an important step to increase investments in early learning and home visiting programs, giving more children access to the prekindergarten, child care, Head Start and Early Head Start opportunities they need to succeed in school, more parents the support they need to work, and our economy the skilled workforce it needs to prosper. The Murray budget also would invest in modernizing our infrastructure and job training, creating new jobs and strengthening our economy. However, at a time of continued high unemployment, poverty, and inequality, the budget should do even more to expand investments in programs that help families get back on their feet—and that have been shortchanged for years.
“The Senator’s budget would protect Social Security and most core safety net programs that are especially important to women who are at greater risk of poverty than men at all stages of their lives. It would permanently extend the improvements in the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit that lift millions of women and children out of poverty. And it would expand access to affordable health insurance and preventive care services by continuing to implement the Affordable Care Act.
“Instead of lavishing more tax cuts on the top two percent and corporations as the Ryan budget would, the Murray budget would close corporate tax loopholes and limit unfair tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. It calls for tax reforms that would raise $975 billion in revenues needed to support critical programs and help reduce the deficit.
“The two budgets introduced this week present dramatically different visions for our society. For women and their families, the choice is clear.”