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Boehner Dismisses Catholic Bishops' Criticism Of GOP Budget


It objects both to the GOP budget blueprint, and to its requirement that the House pass legislation cutting food stamps and other domestic programs to offset the cost of rescinding "sequestration" -- the across-the-board cuts to national security and domestic spending programs set to take effect on Jan. 1.

Indeed, as illustrated here, the Republican budget calls for preserving high levels of spending on Medicare, Social Security and defense -- but since the GOP refuses to increase taxes, it holds down deficits with massive cuts to Medicaid, SCHIP and most of the domestic budget.

The Bishops, an influential interest group on Capitol Hill, aren't reading Republican priorities incorrectly, or failing to see the bigger picture, as Boehner suggested. And their warnings provide fodder for Democrats, who hope to break the GOP of its anti-tax absolutism.

"Just solutions," the Bishops say in an official statement, "must require shared sacrifice by all, including raising adequate revenues, eliminating unnecessary military and other spending, and fairly addressing the long-term costs of health insurance and retirement programs."

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