Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted for a responsible budget plan that advances the values of fairness, opportunity and equality for all Americans. Unfortunately Tea Party House Republicans lead by Rep. Paul Ryan pushed through a budget forcing our seniors, families, and children to bear the costs of harmful cuts now and the into the future.
Perlmutter said: "The Ryan Tea Party budget uses imaginary math to reach imaginary balance. Like most Americans, I want Democrats and Republicans to work together for solutions to reduce the deficit -- but not on the backs of seniors and hardworking Americans. The Ryan, Tea Party spending plan gives billionaires more tax breaks, paid for by raising taxes on regular people and getting two-thirds of its cuts from the working poor and middle class. I cannot support a spending plan that guts Medicare, critical infrastructure and education, and is harmful to our nation's long-term economic security and prosperity.
"I support an alternative and balanced approach to paying down our deficit by creating jobs, growing the economy, strengthening the middle class, and responsibly reducing the deficit. We need to work in a bipartisan way to make tough decisions focusing on cutting expenses and raising revenue to reduce our unsustainable deficits."
The alternative budget presented by House Democrats puts 1.2 million more people to work this year than the GOP budget, makes important investments in education, energy, research, and infrastructure, and keeps our promises to seniors.