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Opinion: Support the social safety net in the budget plan

No matter what party you belong to, families matter, as does equity in our country

Utah Senator Mike Lee at the Capitol in Washington.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, leaves a Republican policy luncheon as the Senate moves from passage of the infrastructure bill to focus on a massive $3.5 trillion budget resolution, a blueprint of President Joe Biden’s top domestic policy ambitions, at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021.
Andrew Harnik, Associated Press

There is great hope for families and, therefore, America’s future, on the horizon with the pending “social safety net” legislation. (“How the social safety net in a $3.5 trillion budget plan might impact families,” by Lois M. Collins, Deseret News, Aug. 25) This budget plan would continue the recent relief that cuts child poverty in half, improve educational equity by funding preschool and community college, and broaden health care coverage, critical in the era of pandemics.

While it is not bipartisan currently, we can ask those who represent us to vote for it. No matter what party, families matter, as does equity in our country. This legislation would take steps to bring hope to both.

Willie Dickerson

Snohomish, Washington