Monday, May 2, 2011

National Audio Conference on the Federal Budget

Audio Conference Sponsored by SPOTLIGHT on POVERTY and OPPORTUNITY and the SHRIVER CENTER

Featuring Rep. Jan Schakowsky

May 9, 2011, 4:00-4:30 pm EST

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity and the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law are excited to co-sponsor a national audio conference featuring Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D – IL) offering an insider's perspective on the latest budget developments in Congress. Sign Up Now

After a bruising battle around the federal budget for FY 2011, which resulted in $38 billion in spending cuts and a near shutdown of the government, Congress is now beginning debate on the budget for FY 2012. In the U.S. House of Representatives, Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has developed a budget blueprint that is $6.2 trillion lower than President Barack Obama's plan. The Ryan blueprint includes privatizing Medicare, turning Medicaid into a block grant, and lowering taxes for corporations and the wealthy.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky served on President Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. She opposed the deficit reduction proposal presented by the co-chairs and offered her own approach, which reached the same fiscal goals without cutting Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. The Schakowsky plan also addressed income disparity – which is at its greatest level since 1928.

Sign Up Now. When you sign up, you can send in your questions to for this half hour audio conference.

To attend the audio conference, please RSVP here.

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