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Hare Supports Budget that Honors Veterans, Invests in Education, Strengthens Middle Class Illinois Families

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today voted in favor of the fiscally responsible House Democratic budget resolution that honors our veterans, expands health care and education, and strengthens the middle class.

"Budgets are moral documents," Hare said. "They reflect our values as a nation. After six years of Republican budgets loaded with tax cuts for the wealthy at the expense of our most vulnerable citizens, Democrats today forged a new direction that helps average Americans make ends meet."

Hare, a member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, said he was particularly pleased that the House Democratic budget includes a record increase for all of our nation's veterans, including the nearly 900,000 in Illinois. "Democrats don't just talk about supporting the troops—we put our money where our mouth is. This budget provides $32 billion more than the President's request for veterans' health care over the next five years."

The House Democratic budget provides relief to the 112,000 Illinois families currently ensnared by the Alternative Minimum Tax, while allowing the President's tax giveaways for millionaires to expire. "My campaign slogan was ‘don't forget the little guy,'" Hare said. "This budget ends the ‘Robin Hood in Reverse' tax policies of the last six years and seeks to give average people a hand up again."

The House Democratic budget also restores funding for Medicare, the State Children's Health Insurance Program, and Head Start, while adding $8 billion to No Child Left Behind and other education and training programs. "The President's attempt to balance the budget on the backs of the poor is shameful," Hare said. "I supported this budget for the 385,000 children in Illinois without health insurance and the nearly 40,000 low-income children who directly benefit from the care provided by Head Start."

Finally, the House Democratic budget rejects the President's proposed $198 million cut to job training and employment services in Illinois. "My district has lost too many good-paying jobs as the result of unfair trade agreements," Hare said. "As long as I am privileged to serve in Congress, I will oppose any attempt to eliminate resources for Americans attempting to re-enter the workforce."

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