Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY) released the following statement on the selection of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as the republican Vice Presidential Nominee:
"I congratulate my colleague from the other side of the aisle, Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, on being named the Republican Party's vice-presidential nominee. Although Chairman Ryan is friendly and engaging on a colleague-to-colleague level, I fundamentally disagree with him on a policy level, particularly on matters of budget priorities and fiscal policy. His draconian budget, which virtually every House and Senate Republican supports, rejects the concept of a social safety net and repudiates the obligation the Constitution of the United States imposes on the federal government "to provide for the general welfare.'"
"Chairman Ryan voted against the Bowles-Simpson Commission's balanced approach to deficit reduction. He voted for the $2.3 trillion Bush tax cuts that went mainly to the wealthiest Americans, for going to war in Iraq, and for the Medicare prescription benefit, none of which were paid for and all of which added to the national debt. And he is author of a budget that would transform Medicare from an entitlement to a voucher program, privatize Social Security, reduces Medicaid to a block grant, and dramatically cuts education, food stamps, and other vital programs."
"Adding Paul Ryan to the Republican ticket refines the focus of the 2012 presidential election and brings clarity and detail of what the Romney campaign has to date sought to obscure: Mitt Romney's determination to protect the privileges and power of the wealthiest Americans at the expense of middle- and low-income Americans. On November 6th voters will have before them a clear choice in the presidential election and in every House and Senate election: The Romney-Ryan plan to reward and reinforce the top 2 percent vs. the Obama-Biden shared responsibility-fairness for the middle class-balanced approach to deficit and debt reduction."[End]