Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) released the following statement after voting against the Ryan Budget that would end Medicare as we know it:
"Standing up for Illinois middle class families is my top priority and that is why I voted today against the out-of-touch Ryan Budget that would end Medicare as we know it and raise seniors' health care costs.
"We need to rein in our deficits and debt, and that is why the first bill I introduced was the Government Waste Reduction Act, a bipartisan common sense bill that would reduce the deficit in a balanced way by cutting down on duplicative services and rooting out waste in government, while preserving Medicare and Social Security.
"What we cannot do is take the approach the Ryan budget does by shifting even more costs onto the backs of those who can least afford it. It asks those in the middle class who have worked hard their whole lives to pay thousands more a year in out-of-pocket health care costs while asking nothing of millionaires, billionaires and Big Oil companies making record profits. The Ryan budget epitomizes the sort of misplaced, upside down priorities that inspired me to run for office in the first place.
"It is my continued hope that Democrats and Republicans can put these partisan games aside and come together to find a bipartisan, common sense solution that reduces the deficit in a balanced way and prioritizes the middle class."