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U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett joined in his party’s efforts last week to raise public awareness of $85 billion in automatic federal budget cuts all but certain to go into effect March 1.

The White House and the Republican-controlled U.S. House agreed to the cuts last year in the Budget Control Act as part of $1.2 trillion in spending reductions over the next decade. The idea was to force the parties to agree to a combination of reduced expenditures and new tax revenue before across-the-board cuts — called a “meat cleaver approach” by President Obama — took effect Jan. 1, later moved by legislation to March 1.

Doggett, an Austin Democrat whose district includes an eastern slice of Hays County, released this video message condemning the cuts. Doggett is the most senior Democrat on the U.S. House Ways and Means committee, which oversees legislation related to taxes.

“I’d say we’re lurching from the New Years Day fiscal cliff to an April Fools fiscal cliff. It will take determined efforts to overcome Republican intransigence to overcome that problem,” Doggett said.

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, a San Antonio Republican who represents a wide swath of the county, has suggested he is most concerned about carving into the defense budget. About half of the total $85 billion in reductions would apply to the Pentagon and intelligence agencies.

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2 thoughts on “Video: Doggett on lurching toward ‘April Fools fiscal cliff’

  1. Now let’s get a 10% – 15% cut on the table for Medicaid and the other bankrupt Great Society failures….Then we will be talking about progress in fixing our broken government! 🙂 jlb PS- I wonder how many billions we could save simply by removing ice cream, cake, soda pops, tobacco,cruises,casinos etc from the list of items being bought with taxpayer funded food stamps! Wow, and the Obammie Phones too!!!

  2. So here is a “loophole” that ought to be closed – the homeowner mortgage interest deduction. You need to own a house in the $250,000-$300,000 range (assuming a 20% down payment)in order to benefit, so it’s obvious that only those that are well off get any of that benefit. And you have to itemize your taxes. Most taxpayers no longer have itemized deductions that are higher than this year’s standard deduction – so they don’t benefit by itemizing.

    And I agree that food stamps should only be used for real food items – certainly not for ice cream or tobacco.

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