Predictably, Republicans bashed President Obama's budget, the details of which were submitted on Thursday.
But Democrats, too, are questioning some of the $17 billion or so in cuts. And so are Democratic-leaning advocacy groups.
Add to that list today the National Council of La Raza, the largest national civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, which joined Republicans in noting that some of the proposed trims were unsuccessfully pushed by former President Bush, but from a different political perspective.
“What we have seen so far with the budget is discouraging and suggests that some of the key priorities of the Latino community are not those of the administration. I am very surprised that the Obama administration in its first budget would mirror similar cuts made by the Bush administration,” Janet Murguía, the council's president and CEO, said in a statement.
She cited the funding for health programs serving Latinos, and unemployment programs, even though the jobless rate among Hispanics has reached 11.4 percent. The council also expressed concern in "the lack of investment" in programs for parents, family literacy, and English learners.
“We realize this is just a proposal and Congress has the opportunity to deliver a budget that works for all Americans and we will continue to work with the Administration and Congress to achieve that,” Murguía added.
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