Heading for a fiscal cliff?

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Okay Network faithful, knowledge is power. It is important that you get as many opportunities as possible to hear what your elected officials are thinking and what is driving their decision-making. The Coalition on Human Needs is holding a fascinating webinar with Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) who serves on both the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees, and was co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional “supercommittee” that tried to craft a deficit reduction package.

Special Guest Senator Patty Murray will explain the critical issues Congress will return to in September, in a post-election session, and beyond.  It’s been called a "fiscal cliff" - if Congress lets all the tax cuts expire and automatic spending cuts take effect for all of 2013, it could plunge the country back into recession.  But a bad deal that loses needed revenue and makes harmful cuts also threatens our economy, now and for years to come.   Senator Murray (D-WA), who serves on both the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees, was co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional “supercommittee” that tried to craft a deficit reduction package.  In an important recent speech, Senator Murray said "So if we can’t get a good deal, a balanced deal that calls on the wealthy to pay their fair share, then I will absolutely continue this debate into 2013 rather than lock in a long-term deal this year that throws middle class families under the bus."

This webinar will focus on what is needed to get the balanced deal Senator Murray is seeking:  protecting domestic priorities from damaging cuts and calling on the wealthy to pay their fair share.  After Senator Murray’s presentation, CHN Executive Director Deborah Weinstein will help answer your questions about what’s next and how your voice can be heard.  Confused about what Congress has already done?  Not sure what “sequestration” means or why you should care?  This is the place to be.

The Coalition is encouraging participants to send questions in advance, so do your part! They are striving to make this webinar relevant to what attendees want and need to know.  Please send questions to Debbie at dweinstein@chn.org, the sooner the better!

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