U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-8) took to the floor to oppose two Republican national budget proposals that favor tax breaks for the wealthy over America's seniors, students and middle class families.
The Republican Study Commission's (RSC) alternative national budget proposal, led by Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ-5), was voted down in the House today with a vote of 119-136. That was followed by the House's vote on Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) budget proposal for fiscal year 2012, which did not garner a single Democratic vote.
"If the GOP Budget is a doubling down on the policies that brought us to the brink, this budget is a quadrupling down the same economic policies and lack of optimism in the American people," said Pascrell, a member of the House Budget and Ways and Means Committees.
"This budget gives trillions in income tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans and corporations, and at the same time cuts $18 billion in SCHIP. It slashes funding for Pell Grants. It asks our constituents born after 1975 to take a 20 percent cut in scheduled benefits to Social Security."
"If your priorities are to cut taxes for the wealthy on the backs of retirees, than the RSC budget is for you," said Pascrell, as he debated Rep. Garrett on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. "But if you believe in an America that protects our seniors, children, and the disabled, levels the playing field, and invests in future generations, then I urge you to stand with us."