Rep. Marcia Fudge Discusses Fiscal Cliff, Defends Susan Rice on 'Sound of Ideas'

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Rep. Marcia Fudge called the Congressional Black Caucus the “conscience of this Congress,” one that will guard the interests of poor and minority Americans during negotiations to reduce the federal budget deficit.

FUDGE: “We want to be sure that whatever comes out of those discussions does not unfairly try to reduce the debt and the deficit on the backs of poor people and those who can least afford it.”

Fudge voiced support for spending billions more on infrastructure as the President proposed a year ago.

And she said President Obama’s reelection showed that the American people support the Caucus’ agenda.

FUDGE: “How we preserve and strengthen things like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security. We’ve talked about the need for Head Start, for education funding – all of the things the president talked about in the last 18 months or two years of this campaign.”

Fudge also pushed back against criticism of Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations whose name has been floated as a possible nominee for Secretary of State.

Republicans lambasted Rice for saying, a few days after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, that it grew out of a protest rather than was a planned terrorist attack, as it has since been labeled.

Fudge said the Republican criticism of Rice is “unfounded and uncalled-for.”

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