A small group of Grand Valley residents gathered in front of the Federal Building in Grand Junction Wednesday to protest cuts in social programs in the proposed federal budget. Holding empty plates to symbolize cuts in food stamps and other programs, students, parents and others talked about how they already struggle to make ends meet.
The new federal budget proposes $54 billion in cuts to medicaid, student loan programs and food stamps. Protesters say the budget is Robin Hood in reverse, taking from the poor to give to the rich in continued tax breaks.
The budget has been held up by Democrats and some Republicans concerned over cuts in specific programs.
Republican Party leaders vow to work through the weekend on a compromise that would get the budget through the House and to the President's desk.
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