Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter issued the following statement on President Obama's budget proposal:
"I believe a budget should reflect America's values of fairness and opportunity. It should create jobs, strengthen the middle class, and keep our commitment to seniors.
"There has been a lot of talk recently about chained CPI, and I want to make one thing abundantly clear to the middle class families and seniors I represent: I will not vote for a budget that supports chained CPI and cuts benefits that seniors have earned through a lifetime of hard work.
"Together with Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security embodies the moral fabric of our country. These programs are the foundation of economic security for America's seniors and the most vulnerable. And while I am open to proposals that make Social Security stronger and extend its solvency, I will not accept a plan that takes from Social Security beneficiaries without first asking America's millionaires and multi-billion-dollar corporations to pay their fair share.
"I am proud to support legislation to ensure the long-term viability of Social Security. The Protecting and Preserving Social Security Act, which I cosponsored, would create long-range solvency and improve benefits, and it would ensure greater economic security for America's seniors.
"I urge the President to consider the approach taken in the Van Hollen budget, legislation that would reduce our deficit in a balanced way, invest in programs that help our economy grow, and maintain our commitment to seniors.
"I look forward to working with the President to create jobs, strengthen the middle class, and keep the American dream alive for generations to come, but I remain steadfast in my opposition to balancing the budget on the backs of seniors, veterans, or the middle class."