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Debt ceiling agreement targets the poor while protecting the wealthy

On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the latest debt ceiling agreement between President Biden and Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

The plan targets the most vulnerable people in the country by expanding work requirements for those who receive food assistance. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says this will increase hunger and poverty among very low-income older adults.

Republicans also successfully fought to cut $20B of the $80B in new IRS funding approved by Democrats last year to go after wealthy tax dodgers, according to the Washington Post. Republicans say tax increases and cuts to the growing military budget are off the table.

Senator Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) will file an amendment to strip the West Virginia Mountain Valley Pipeline from the bill, saying, "This provision is completely unrelated to the debt ceiling matter." Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) fought to include that provision in the final package.


Amy Hanauer, executive director of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and Citizens for Tax Justice

Jeff Hauser, founder and director of the Revolving Door Project

Web Resources:

Common Dreams: Progressives Condemn Biden-GOP Debt Ceiling Deal as 'Cruel and Shortsighted'

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Most Working-Age SNAP Participants Work But Job Instability Overstates Joblessness in Some Analyses

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Debt Ceiling Agreement Reflects Improvements Over House Bill, Harmful Provisions Remain

The New York Times: Debt Ceiling Deal Includes New Work Requirements for Food Stamps

Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy: ITEP Statement: Debt Deal Avoids the Elephant in the Room

Revolving Door Project: Revolving Door Project Reacts to Biden’s Debt Ceiling Cave & the Media’s Incompetent Coverage

Salon: "The worst of conservative budget ideology": Progressives condemn Biden-GOP debt ceiling deal

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.
Bee Soll is a producer with Your Call at KALW, and a producer, writer, and editor at KCBS Radio in San Francisco. She is a former reporter for Crosscurrents and contributor at KPFA Radio.