As Republicans took control of the U.S. House in Washington today, Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston blasted what she called the new majority’s "parody of fiscal responsibility.
In a statement she said the shrinking middle class "is about to take a devastating drubbing."
"In the fantastical world of the Republican House majority," Schakowsky added, "tax cuts for the rich, super-rich and special interests have no deficit consequences, yet investments in education, job creation, or help for the unemployed must be paid for – and never with new revenue but only with spending cuts."
"The rules gut the pay-as-you-go concept, replacing that House rule with a new one-sided ‘cut-as-you-go’ scheme, slashing programs that help middle and low-income families," she said, saying the GOP plan would add trillions of dollar to the deficit.
Schakowsky is a close ally of Minority Leader and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who turned over the gavel today to GOP leader John Boehner of Ohio.