California Congress Members Say GOP Cuts Would Hurt The Golden State

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – California’s Democratic Congressional representatives sounded off Thursday about how budget cuts proposed by House Republicans would impact the Golden State.

Seven California representatives joined a conference call Thursday to highlight their concerns about cuts in the Republicans’ continuing resolution impacting everything from salmon fisheries and public broadcasting, to health clinics, homeland security and education.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

Representatives Zoe Lofgren and Sam Farr said the public needs to speak out.

”This is a government that is open to being petitioned and we need to hear those petitioners,” said Farr.

”People in America need to speak up and speak for themselves, and let their elected representatives know their thoughts,” said Lofgren.

There’s also concern that the Republicans could shut down the federal government on March 7th if a new spending plan is not in place. Democratic Representative Mike Thompson predicts chaos if that happens.

”Lets get down to doing the work, and stop this malarkey,” said Thompson.

Republicans have a different take, pointing out that the nation has a $14 trillion debt and the bill just weeds out excessive and unnecessary spending.

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