The Republican leadership of the House of Representatives passed a budget plan that cuts off 300,000 kids from free school lunches at a time when one in five children lives in poverty.
In last summer's deal on the debt ceiling, the House and Senate agreed to mandatory future cuts to both the military and social programs. While painful, because the cuts to military spending were deep, this represented a much better deal than anything under consideration by the Super Committee - and effectively spared Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare benefits from cuts.
But now House Republicans have passed a sweeping budget-reconciliation bill that reneges on the debt-ceiling deal to cut military spending. It increases an already bloated Pentagon budget and pays for it by taking away funding for food stamps, wiping out key parts of the federal health care law, including health care for children, and slashes funding designated to rein in Wall Street corruption.
I just petitioned my senators to say no to a heartless tea party budget that pays for Pentagon increases by taking food and health care away from children. You should too.