The so-called fiscal cliff crisis may have been averted this week (for now), but intense debates around the federal budget and “entitlements” will be back with a vengeance any day now, as the debt ceiling faces an intensely politicized vote. Welton spoke with former Ohio Congressman and Ambassador Tony Hall back in 2011 about the impact of federal budget cuts on Americans living in poverty, and the real-life consequences when the poor become a political football. Ambassador Hall now serves as executive director of the Coalition to End Hunger and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times for his work in the fight against poverty.

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