Newspaper article MinnPost.com

House Votes Down Progressive Caucus Budget

Newspaper article MinnPost.com

House Votes Down Progressive Caucus Budget

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WASHINGTON -- This one was never really in doubt.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted down a budget plan offered by the Congressional Progressive Caucus on Thursday. Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison is a co-chair of the caucus.

The CPC pitched its budget as an alternative to the one offered by House Republicans, containing a litany of proposals that conservatives found, at best, unacceptable. Whereas the Republicans cut spending to reduce federal deficits and flatten and simplify the tax code to spur job creation, the Progressive Caucus budget includes $2.9 trillion in spending meant to create jobs -- through federal infrastructure spending and tax incentives supported by President Obama, among other things -- and it raises taxes on high earners and cuts defense spending to reduce the deficit.

The CPC says its budget would create 3.3 million jobs and reduce the deficit by $6.8 trillion. It failed on a 78-346 vote.

"We're dealing with unemployment, and this budget is no decent budget at all unless it deals with jobs," Ellison said during debate on the bill Wednesday night. …

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