Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, a member of the House of Representatives Committee on the Budget, once again voted against the GOP budget proposal introduced by Congressman Paul Ryan. The budget, which Lujan Grisham had vigorously spoken out against in the Budget Committee and on the House floor, passed the full House in a party-line vote.
"I voted against the Ryan budget because it is a job killer that will cost us 2 million jobs in 2014. That is on top of the draconian cuts that are already in place that will cost 750,000 jobs this year. In addition, the Ryan Budget ends the Medicare guarantee for seniors and also opens the "donut-hole" which will increase prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries. It also cuts more than $800 billion from Medicaid by turning it into block grants to states. This will force health care providers to cut jobs and reduce services to their patients. It is a cruel plan that is a path to greater disparity, and rewards individuals and corporations that already do not pay their fair share.
"What we need right now is a balanced approach that puts New Mexican's back to work. That is why I voted for the democratic alternative. This plan would create 1.2 million jobs in 2013 and 2.1 million in 2014. It is also a balanced approach to reducing our long-term deficit with smart investments that spur growth and create jobs. The Democratic budget also replaces the sequester, which is cost jobs and services in our community."