Congress is back from recess today and looking closely at President Barack Obama’s second term agenda, including his proposed budget cuts. In a previous appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press, Obama stated that his top priorities were developing immigration reform and creating harsher gun laws. However, as the new fiscal year moves forward, the mid-May deadline to extend the government’s borrowing authority or default on the national debt is looming over the White House.
Obama has suggested Social Security cuts, which would reduce retirement benefits for the elderly, and increasing Medicare premiums for upper-income beneficiaries. According to Huffington Post, the President will announce his budget on Wednesday, which will reportedly decrease the deficit amount by an estimated $1.8 trillion over a decade.
Critics believe that the proposed cuts cause major concern since those affected will be senior citizens, veterans, and the disabled. "It is unconscionable to ask seniors, people with disabilities and veterans who are barely making it to be squeezed even tighter at a time when corporations and the wealthiest 2% are not paying their fair share of taxes, despite soaring profits," said policy director for the AFL-CIO, Damon Silvers.
While Obama continues to raise eyebrows for his proposal, the President has been very clear about keeping immigration a priority. “I am very optimistic that we get immigration reform done in the next few months," he said at a recent press conference.
In February, the Pew Research Center released a study that claimed that Obama’s approval rate among Latinos have improved dramatically. The study based on telephone interviews with about 1,500 participants, targeted issues including his job and immigration approval ratings. Among their findings, 41% of Hispanics believed that Obama has created a more secure path towards citizenship and has made implementing new policies his priority.
In addition, almost half of the Latinos (49%) surveyed believed that stronger border security should also form part of Obama’s agenda. Overall, 68% of Latinos approved of Obama’s job at handling immigration reform, up 28% since the year before.
If Obama’s budget cuts get approved, do you think his approval rate among Latinos will decrease? Share your thoughts!