Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. issued the following statement after Budget Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled the Republican budget for 2013 yesterday:
"The Ryan Republican budget was a disappointing reiteration of failed budget proposals of the past and clearly shows that Republicans aren't serious about negotiating a budget that will grow the economy, create jobs, and provide economic security to the people of New Jersey. The Ryan Republican budget boldly asks the middle class to sacrifice more to pay for huge tax cuts to the wealthiest few. It turns Medicare into a voucher program, transforms Medicaid into a state block grant program, and cuts college grants.
"Not only does the Republican budget hurt middle class families and those most vulnerable, economists estimate that the Ryan Republican budget would actually slow our economic recovery, cost nearly 2 million American jobs, and reduce middle class living standards. These policies were the focus of the 2012 election, and they were abjectly rejected by New Jerseyans this past November, yet Republicans choose to ignore the clear voice of the American people.
"New Jerseyans deserve better than a rehash of old budget battles. Democrats plan to propose a fair, balanced budget that cuts spending responsibly, increases revenues, and creates jobs by making investments in education, infrastructure, and research and development. New Jerseyans deserve a Congress that listens and a budget that reflects our values -- one that is fair, protects our children and our seniors, and provides economic opportunity for all Americans."