Washington Budget Deal Threatens Consumer Protection and Public Health

The recent budget deal negotiated by President Obama and Congress will lead to more polluted water, less consumer protection, smoggy skies, crumbling bridges, less education funding—and more unhealthy Americans, writes Andy Kroll in Mother Jones. The White House’s plan would slash this type of spending nearly in half as a percentage of gross domestic product, from about 3.3 percent of America’s GDP to as low as 1.7 percent, the lowest in nearly half a century, says Ethan Pollack, a senior policy analyst at the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute.