Congressman Rubén Hinojosa announced the Republican plan to make billions of dollars in cuts to our budget threatens our economic future and our competitive edge in the global economy.
"Rather than re-investing in our economy and re-investing in our future, Republicans plan to stunt our economy and our means for creating better education for Americans," said Rep. Hinojosa. "We know very well we have been dealt with the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and we must work on balancing our budget, but not to the detriment of Americans and their livelihoods."
Today, President Obama unveiled a budget that makes tough choices to reduce spending and cut the deficit by $1.1 trillion while protecting investments that strengthen the economy and create jobs. His budget priorities stand in strong contrast to the Republican Spending Bill, a short-sighted proposal that arbitrarily cuts critical investments and does not put forward a real plan to address the deficit -- even though the GOP Majority proposed policies like the two wars and the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts will contribute $5 Trillion to the deficit.
Democrats agree with Republicans that spending cuts are necessary, but their irresponsible plan threatens economic growth and job creation by cutting:
The GOP Majority plan to cut investments that would allow us to OUT-EDUCATE our competitors:
* More than 200,000 children kicked out of Head Start and thousands of teachers would lose their jobs
* $845 reduction per student in the maximum Pell Grant award
* $20 Million cut from the Gear Up Program
* $100 Million cut from Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI's) Programs
* $1 Billion cut from Head Start
* $3 Billion cut from Worker Training
* Teach For America will be Cut Completely
* Even Start Will be Cut Completely
The GOP Majority plan would cut funding for education programs by $10.5 Billion or 15.4%, the largest education cut in history.
"Republicans do not see education as a priority. President Obama and Democrats, on the other hand, have made it clear that the status quo is no longer an option if we're going to compete in a global economy," said Rep. Hinojosa. "On K-12 education, the President makes strategic investments that pave the way for a comprehensive, bipartisan overhaul of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In addition, with millions of students relying on the Pell Grant scholarship in this economy, the President's budget rightly focuses on ensuring the reliability and stability of the program."
The GOP Majority plans to cut investments that would allow us to OUT-INNOVATE our competitors:
* 20,000 fewer researchers supported at the National Science Foundation
* $1.4 billion reduction in science and energy research to spur clean energy economy of the future
* $2.5 billion in cuts to the National Institutes of Health, representing a significant setback in cancer and other disease research.
The GOP Majority plans to cut investments that would allow us to OUT-BUILD our competitors:
* Rescinds $2.5 billion for high-speed rail projects already awarded
* Loss of 25,000 new construction jobs and the cancellation of 76 projects in 40 states
* $234 million in cuts to improve our nation's air traffic control system
The GOP Majority plans to cut investments in PUBLIC SAFETY that would keep American families safe:
* 1,330 fewer cops on the beat by eliminating the COPS hiring program
* 2,400 fewer firefighters on the job protecting their communities by eliminating funding for SAFER grants
The GOP Majority plans to cut investments in our COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS that are the frontline for preventive community health:
* $1 Billion will be cut from our Community Health Centers affecting 24 Centers in Texas Congressional District 15 alone
The GOP Majority plans to cut investments in our USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM AND HUD HOUSING AND HHS that will affect housing conditions for Americans
* $482.3 Million will be cut from rural housing service loans and grants, rural business loans and grants, rural utilities loans and grants and rural development administrative expenses.
* Eliminate all funding for Housing counseling
* Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program will be cut by 66%
* $1.5 Million will be cut the Community Development Fund (CDBG)
* $500 Million will be cut from Elderly Housing funding
"I ask House Republicans why do they want to return to the failed policies of the Bush administration that would return our fragile economy to recession," said Rep. Hinojosa. "Why not keep our country strong with a forward-thinking plan that puts America in position to out-educate, out-innovate and out-build our competitors in a global economy? What the Republicans plan does is hurt the people who are struggling the most--students, seniors, veterans and the middle class."
Democrats are committed to making the tough choices needed to reduce spending without cutting these critical investments and are ready to work in a bipartisan way to address the deficit.
"I look forward to the debate ahead over budgeting priorities. Democrats will continue to measure each proposal on whether it strengthens the middle class, creates jobs and reduces debt."
" I'm convinced that if we out-build and out-innovate and out-educate, as well as out-hustle the rest of the world, the jobs and industries of our time will take root here in the United States. Our people will prosper and our country will succeed. But I'm also convinced that the only way we can make these investments in our future is if our government starts living within its means, if we start taking responsibility for our deficits" -President Barack Obama