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Day 477 and Counting: Still No Word from Heather Wilson on Ryan Budget that Guts Medicare

Press Release

Location: Albuquerque, NM

U.S. Senate candidate Martin Heinrich and his Republican opponent Heather Wilson have very different plans for tackling our debt and deficit. Heinrich takes a common sense approach that roots out wasteful spending and closes tax loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas, while Wilson continues to dodge questions about the Ryan Budget that would end Medicare as we know it.

In an interview with Washington, D.C., reporters earlier this month, Wilson indicated she hadn't had a chance to review her Party's budget proposal, which was introduced 477 days ago. According to The Hill: "[Wilson] avoided saying how she would have voted on this year's House Republican budgetÂ…She said she hadn't looked at the bill since it was first introduced and didn't "have all the specifics' needed to state her position on it."

"It's been 477 days and she still hasn't made up her mind about her Party's budget that guts Medicare--that's not leadership," said Whitney Potter, a spokeswoman for Heinrich.

Heinrich opposes placing the burden of debt reduction on those that can least afford it and will always stand on the side of New Mexico's seniors when Social Security and Medicare are at risk.

When President Lyndon Johnson signed the original Medicare bill in 1965, he said, "There are those, alone in suffering, who will now hear the sound of some approaching footsteps coming to help. There are those fearing the terrible darkness of despairing poverty--despite their long years of labor and expectation--who will now look up to see the light of hope and realization."

Heinrich made the following statement yesterday on the 47th anniversary of the establishment of Medicare, "Because of the leadership of New Mexico Senator Clinton Anderson and others, 47 years later hundreds of millions of senior citizens and people with disabilities have received vital health care coverage. Today, I reaffirm my commitment to strengthen Medicare for generations to come and renew the light of hope for those who need our help the most."

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