Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano voted against the Republican budget plan for fiscal year 2014, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives, and released the following statement:
"Our budget should be a reflection of our values and priorities, but my Republican colleagues continue to value protecting the highest income earners while cutting services to the poorest of the poor. This unbalanced approach will lead to more unemployment due to the unwillingness on the other side of the aisle to raise taxes on the wealthiest corporations and millionaires. We must reduce spending, but forcing the middle class to bear the burden is not the solution.
"This budget would be especially painful for seniors, students, veterans, and the disenfranchised. It replaces Medicare with a voucher program that shifts health care costs to seniors. It also undermines Medicaid, which allows low-income seniors to stay in nursing homes and provides life-saving health care for our very poorest families. We should be investing in education and not slashing Pell Grants, which would make it more difficult for millions of students to attend college. The GOP budget also cuts support for homeless veterans, who have already made tremendous sacrifices for our country.
"Instead of strengthening the middle class, this budget includes tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, keeps billions of dollars in subsidies in place for oil companies, and protects corporate tax breaks for U.S. companies that move jobs overseas. It is wrong to ask the most vulnerable among us to make sacrifices while the most prosperous do not pay their fair share."