President Obama Talks with Congressional Negotiators Today

The difficult budget negotiations continue despite resistance on both sides. Some Democrats are resisting changes in entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid) and some Republicans are resisting the prospect of raising revenues. There is also major disagreement about whether to do a short term plan or a more comprehensive, longer term deficit reduction plan. The President has to this point been unwilling to consider a short term plan to raise the debt ceiling and is holding out for a comprehensive deal before August 2 when the U.S. would begin defaulting on its debts. The Arc supports including revenue sources as a part of the deficit reduction compromise. They are necessary because the level of spending cuts that would be needed to achieve significant deficit reduction would likely devastate the Medicaid program and harm critical disability programs.

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