Our most fundamental values are at stake in this debate, and the central question is whether our government will prioritize human needs — those of older women and children living in deep poverty, people with multiple health problems and those without jobs, housing and food — instead of continuing tax cuts that allow the wealthiest among us to pay much less than their fair share.
Any deal that merely adds to the burden of those who have the least undermines our values. As Congress and President Obama go forward, we urge them to prioritize meeting the needs of those who rely most on government programs — those living in or near poverty — and the middle class, which is suffering terribly in this economic downturn.
Congress now returns to its work to pass a budget that is fair, just and compassionate. Health care, jobs, and programs that strengthen the middle class and help those most in need should be the paramount consideration for every lawmaker."
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at www.NationalPartnership.org.