EJS Endorses Leadership Conference Principles for Fair Federal Budget

The Equal Justice Society is part of a coalition of more than 110 civil rights, labor, economic, and other advocacy groups have signed on to a Leadership Conference letter outlining essential principles for the FY2012 federal budget.

Current budget discussions in Washington are going in the wrong direction and pose a threat to the economy and millions of Americans.

The broad range of groups – which represent persons of color, women, children, low- to moderate-income workers, people with disabilities, consumers, seniors, people of faith, English language learners, LGBT people, educators – endorse the following principles:

  • Congress must reject global federal spending caps or entitlement caps.
  • Any deficit reduction agreement, as well as any budget enforcement mechanism, must rely at least as much on revenue increases as on spending cuts.
  • The burden of deficit reduction must not be borne by low- and moderate-income individuals.
  • Congress must reject any effort to impose a Constitutional balanced budget amendment.
  • Congress must protect investments that are vital to our nation’s economic advancement.

EJS is a proud member of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society – an America as good as its ideals.

Read more and see the letter here.

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