Groups speak for poor

In D.C.,Arkansans fight to save funding from ‘cliff’

Posted: November 30, 2012 at 5:09 a.m.

Over the past week, as lawmakers and President Barack Obama have struggled to reach a deficit-reduction deal, Arkansans who run social programs and a labor union have sent a message to Washington: Don’t let the poor and needy and schools get pushed off the “fiscal cliff.” The fiscal cliff is a combination of deep cuts in domestic and military programs, which are scheduled to automatically go into effect in January, and the expiration of the George W. Bush-era tax cuts. The result, say many economist and political observers, will send the country back into a recession.

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