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Rep. Gene Green Speaks Out on Republican Budget


Location: Washington, DC

In response to the budget introduced by House Republicans, which cuts funding to vital domestic programs, jeopardizes Medicare, and eliminates the most beneficial elements of the Affordable Care Act, Congressman Green released the following statement:

"The Republican budget is not only bad for our nation but it also does not make sense mathematically. The Ryan budget seeks to repeal the most beneficial and cost-saving elements of the Affordable Care Act but continues to count those savings in balancing the budget. We cannot continue to save the millions of dollars we have seen so far if the law is repealed.

The budget also turns Medicare into a voucher program but does nothing to ensure that the private market will not raise prices to a level that seniors can no longer afford. The budget also adds other cuts to Medicare that would not go into effect until 2024. How can you count those savings if they haven't happened yet? It's just a bad, illogical budget all around.

We had a balanced budget under the Clinton administration, and I believe we can do it again, but we cannot ask that seniors, low- and middle-income families, and veterans take hits because we don't want to inconvenience the people who are the most well-off already."

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