Baca Votes NO on GOP Budget Plan to End Medicare Guarantee, Provide Huge Tax Breaks to Wealthy

Statement

By:  Joe Baca, Sr.
Date: March 29, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) voted NO on the devastating GOP budget plan that would end the Medicare guarantee, while providing enormous tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires and destroying American jobs.

"This Republican budget would end the Medicare guarantee, raise seniors' health care costs, and ensure that traditional Medicare withers on the vine, undermining the retirement security of millions of America's seniors," said Rep. Baca. "If that's not bad enough, this irresponsible plan also gives new tax breaks to billionaires and Big Oil, and destroys over 4.1 million American jobs. Hardworking families in the Inland Empire and across the nation deserve better."

"The American people want to preserve and strengthen programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and SNAP -- not see them dismantled. They are counting on action to help create jobs and grow our economy, instead of delivering an average tax cut of $150,000 to the wealthiest Americans while safeguarding tax breaks for Big Oil and special interests."

"We must work to responsibly lower the deficit with intelligent spending cuts, but it is morally reprehensible to balance the budget on the backs of our seniors and struggling working class families."

While voting NO on the House Republican budget, Rep. Baca voted YES on the Democratic alternative, which reflects the values of the American people and is based on the fundamental principles of fairness, opportunity, and prosperity for all.

"In contrast to the Republican budget, the Democratic alternative protects and preserves Medicare and provides critical investments that will help create jobs now and build an even stronger economy for the future," Rep. Baca concluded. "It also reduces the deficit in a balanced and credible way, making difficult choices and asking the very wealthy and special interests to share responsibility for reducing the deficit. I will continue to work towards a bipartisan budget proposal that strengthens our economy and ensures America remains a nation of equal opportunity for all."