Today, U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA14) strongly condemned the budget plan approved by House Budget Committee Republicans yesterday.
"It's no surprise that House Republicans have proposed a federal budget that cuts aid for seniors, children, and the poor while protecting tax breaks for corporations and making the Bush tax cuts for the rich permanent," Congressman Doyle observed. "What's surprising is the extent to which they've done so -- and the callous indifference that underlies this proposal."
"The House Republicans' budget fundamentally reverses decades of progress towards providing an adequate safety net for the poor, the elderly, the disabled, and workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own," Congressman Doyle added. "Their message is simple: "you're on your own."
"Republicans want to replace Medicare with vouchers, gut Medicaid, repeal health care reform, slash education -- including Pell Grants for low-income students -- and cut other programs that help the most vulnerable people in the country -- like Food Stamps and Unemployment Insurance."
"Even though we are deep in debt and running massive deficits every year, the Republicans refuse to adopt such commonsense measures as closing tax loopholes for the oil industry and ending other corporate welfare," Congressman Doyle said. "On top of it all, many of the spending cuts they propose in programs that help seniors and moderate-income Americans are being made not to reduce the deficit, but to offset House Republicans' plan to make the Bush tax cuts for the rich permanent. These priorities are just obscene."
The budget approved yesterday on a party line vote by House Budget Committee Republicans proposes to cut $6 billion in government spending over 10 years. Of that total, $1 trillion comes from assuming that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down and US troops are brought home in accordance with the Obama Administration's timetable. An additional $446 billion would come from interest savings produced by $4 trillion in cuts they want to make.
The remainder of the "savings" -- over $4 trillion -- come from domestic programs that help middle- and lower-class Americans. Roughly $1 trillion would come from so-called domestic discretionary spending, and the remainder would come from what are called entitlements -- programs under which individuals have a legal right to specified services or payments -- like Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, and a number of programs to help the poor. The Republican budget also includes over $125 billion in cuts in education and training programs -- most likely requiring cuts in Pell Grants for low-income college students.
Click here to read a summary of the Congressional Budget Office report on the long-term impact of the House Republican budget.
Click here to read the entire Congressional Budget Office report on the long-term impact of the House Republican budget.
"The Republicans' budget would cut $3 trillion in aid to the poor over the next 10 years -- more than $2 trillion of it health care -- while it provides $2.3 trillion in tax breaks -- primarily benefiting the wealthy -- over the same period of time," Doyle said. "I will do everything I can to oppose this crazy budget and adopt a more balanced budget where we preserve a safety net for the most vulnerable Americans while we get deficits under control with shared sacrifice. Rather than getting more tax breaks, the wealthy have to do their part, too."