U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), a former member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement today after Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released his FY 2015 budget proposal:
"A budget proposal of this magnitude should reflect the priorities of a dynamic, diverse, and growing nation. Instead, Chairman Ryan has forged a familiar and previously rejected path that rewards wealthy individuals and corporations with tax breaks and punishes middle- and low-income families with punitive cuts to essential services.
"In particular, cutting Medicare as we know it is a cruel way to achieve the GOP's zeal for fiscal austerity at all costs, as is the nonstarter of repealing the Affordable Care Act. Any budget that seeks balance on the backs of our seniors and our most vulnerable citizens does not deserve to see the light of day in the House of Representatives.
"It is clear that Chairman Ryan has no desire to work with the President and Democrats on a more sensible, balanced budget plan -- even in the aftermath of his own Ryan-Murray deal that showed the potential for future bipartisan collaboration on behalf of a stronger nation. The Ryan Plan Redux returns to the same unfair, harmful Republican policies that have been repeatedly rejected by the American people."