Sen. Patty Murray: Poor Getting ‘Lost In Shuffle’ During Fiscal Cliff Talks

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With legislators focused on looming cuts to defense spending and entitlement programs, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) told a gathering of progressives on Capitol Hill Tuesday that she is worried the most vulnerable groups depending on domestic programs may get “lost in the shuffle” during the deficit negotiations.

“It’s very concerning to me that so much of the focus in D.C. and across the country has been on the other half of sequestration — the defense cuts,” Murray said. “I feel very strongly that while we certainly need to cut spending responsibly and get our debt and deficit under control, we shouldn’t do that on the backs of the families and children who can afford it least.”

Democrats and Republicans need to hammer out a deficit-reduction deal before the New Year to avert the so-called fiscal cliff — the moment when the Bush tax cuts expire and drastic budget cuts hit…

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