California Democratic Party Resolution Denouncing the Republicans’ Wrong Way Agenda and Cruel Budget

RESOLUTION 16-06.40L


California Democratic Party Resolution Denouncing the Republicans’ Wrong Way Agenda and Cruel Budget
That Would Reverse Proven Paths from Poverty to Prosperity and Put Vulnerable Americans in Harm’s Way

WHEREAS Republicans in the US House of Representatives have proposed a WRONG WAY agenda and cruel budget that call for the undermining, and in some cases elimination, of essential programs, such as Social Security, the National School Lunch Program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicare and Medicaid, and Head Start, cutting off the path from poverty to prosperity for the 47 million Americans who live in poverty and increasing incidents of hunger among the 16 million American children who already experience it; and,

WHEREAS California Democrats are strengthening government anti-poverty and anti-hunger efforts while building a budget reserve, improving worker rights, increasing the minimum wage, establishing the strongest paid family leave and pay equity laws in the country, investing in childcare, funding homelessness prevention and leading the way on ensuring health care for all -- investments we know improve the quality of life for all Californians, invigorate our democracy, and strengthen our economy, now the 6th largest in the world; and,

WHEREAS we cannot stand by while Republicans in Congress pursue their WRONG WAY agenda and cruel budget to weaken government programs that have demonstrated their effectiveness by lifting 27 million Americans out of poverty every year for the past 45 years, undermining the health, education and life opportunities of children born into poverty, causing unnecessary suffering among elderly and disabled Californians, and weakening our economy and our democracy -- especially when we know is that there is a PROVEN WAY to help families lift themselves out of poverty and help all children thrive.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that by the adoption of this Resolution, the California Democratic Party OPPOSES the House Republican WRONG WAY agenda and cruel budget which will only serve to increase poverty and suffering and denounces House Resolution H.R. 5003 which begins the proposed erosion of proven anti-poverty programs by weakening the child hunger protections of the National School Lunch Program, literally taking food out of children’s mouths; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED we salute Democratic Members of Congress for taking the lead on economic justice and urge all members of the House of Representatives to reduce poverty by supporting the WORKING FAMILIES
and WOMEN SUCCEED agendas to create paths to prosperity through raising wages and fair pay, bolstering workers’ rights, and establishing national paid sick days, paid family leave, and access to childcare; and, because work isn’t always an option, strengthening government programs proven to reduce harm to those living in poverty and preserve access to the American Dream for ALL America's children.

Sponsored by Christine Pelosi, Women’s Caucus Chair, DNC Member
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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its 2016 Summer Executive Board Meeting
Long Beach Convention Center

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