Talk of balancing the federal budget by cutting social services is rampant in Congress this week as the Republicans mark up their annual budget proposal.
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Perhaps the most vocal anti-government deficit hawk in recent memory, Catholic U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Party's budget guru, introduced new bills that would at almost $100 billion to the federal deficit over 10 years.
The $1.1 trillion federal spending bill approved by Congress avoided a repeat of last year's government shutdown and largely kept in place social services spending, especially programs benefiting low-income families.
Beyond the current fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, the future is less certain, however, as Republican victories in the November elections gave the party control of both chambers on Capitol Hill. With the new leaders come new plans on limiting federal spending and reducing the country's $17.6-trillion debt.
In July, Paul Ryan unveiled a new anti-poverty plan that is an about-face for Ryan, who's known for proposing budget cuts that hurt the poor.
Here we go again: Paul Ryan has issued yet another Draconian budget plan. Ryan’s philosophy is simple: take from the poor and give to the rich.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hegel has put forward a new Pentagon budget totaling $496 billion for the 2015 fiscal year.