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We can reduce the deficit and protect the middle class

October 14, 2011
By Sen. Carl Levin , Daily Press

WASHINGTON - Over the next several months, Congress faces a complex and difficult duty. We must agree to legislation that will reduce the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion over the next decade. Under the budget agreement we passed in July, if we fail to hit that goal, huge automatic budget cuts in vital national programs will take effect, cuts I believe are unacceptable. I and every other member of Congress must do our best to avoid that outcome, beginning with the 12 members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction who have been assigned the job of crafting a plan.



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