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Ryan Budget Once Again Breaks Faith with America's Seniors; Most Radical Fiscal Document Ever Introduced in Congress


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) issued the following statement today after the introduction of the Republican budget proposal for fiscal year 2014 by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan:

"The third iteration of the Ryan budget is the most radical fiscal document ever introduced in any Congress in our nation's history.

"While many Americans found the Ryan Budget plans one and two to be radical, this latest plan doubles down on the pain. It marks a profound retrenchment and disinvestment in federal functions and programs that will leave the American people less secure in the next decade.

"The Ryan budget breaks faith with our seniors by ending the Medicare guarantee and replacing it with a voucher system that will drastically increase out-of-pocket costs for seniors. It also unfairly targets veterans, women, children, middle and moderate income families, federal employees, seniors and college students.

"Considering that the country found sequestration requiring $1.2 trillion in cuts to be bad enough, this plan is far worse, proposing to cut federal investments over the next decade by nearly $5 trillion. The budget also fails to consider new revenue of any kind as it defunds critical federal functions that include research and development, education and infrastructure.

"Despite the fact that this extreme approach was soundly rejected by voters last November, sadly the Budget Committee chair has once again turned aside entreaties to develop a bipartisan plan that seeks a balanced approach to reducing the deficit.

"I share the sentiment of Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, that we must work together to create jobs rather than cut them, to grow the economy rather than stifle growth, and find a balanced, bipartisan path forward that protects the promise and opportunity of a better life for all Americans."

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