Schakowsky blasts new order in House

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.

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