CONFERENCE REPORT ON H. CON. RES. 95, CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ON THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2006 -- (Extensions of Remarks - May 02, 2005)
HON. JOE BACA
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2005
* Mr. BACA. Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to the budget before us today.
* In a time when our schools are struggling to keep up with increasing Federal standards, this budget actually cuts funding to our schools.
* It cuts funding for programs that promote equal education opportunities for low-income students, such as programs in my district in California.
* It also eliminates funding for school violence and drug prevention programs.
* It freezes bilingual education funding. Twenty-four percent of the students in my county of San Bernardino are English learners and depend on these programs. We should not hold back children by preventing them from learning English.
* The budget will endanger the health of millions of Americans, by cutting funding to food stamps, the nation's number one investment in nutrition and defense against hunger.
* Families will be forced to make hard choices between buying groceries and paying their bills.
* It will also cut funding to Medicaid by $10 billion.
* These cuts will be devasting to low-income families.
* This budget also falls millions short of what is needed for Veterans' medical care. Veterans hospitals will either have to cut health care services or require local veterans to pay more for services.
* Our men and women in uniform are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan to protect us, and we aren't providing the funding to protect them when they come home!
* This budget also slashes funding to COPS program. The program has funded 15,801 additional police officers and 504 school resource officers in California.
* It completely eliminates funding for the $301 million State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, leaving state and local governments to pay for the jailing of undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes. San Bernardino County received more than $1 million in these funds in 2003.
* The President and Republicans in Congress talk about conservative compassion, but where's the compassion in this budget?
* Instead of funding the programs that working families depend on, the President has offered tax cuts totaling over $100 billion over five years. Most of these cuts will benefit the richest one percent of all Americans.
* This budget also spends every last penny in the Social Security trust fund, $2.6 trillion over the next 10 years.
* The President entered his term with a budget surplus he inherited from President Clinton, and now he has created the largest deficit in our nation's history .
* My colleagues, I urge you to vote ``no'' on this resolution.