Today, Congressman Bobby L. Rush voted against the Ryan-Republican budget that slows our economic recovery, destroys American jobs, ends the Medicare guarantee and provides huge tax cuts for the wealthy. Rather than address the top priorities of the middle class, House Republicans have simply presented more of the same failed policies and misplaced priorities that the American people rejected last fall.
"Today, I took a stand for America's middle class families and a balanced approach to budgeting--rejecting another Ryan-Republican budget favoring huge tax breaks for millionaires and special interests over Medicare and the middle class," said Rush. "These are the wrong priorities for America's families and economic growth. Instead it is time to work together and get the job done on a responsible, balanced plan to create jobs, strengthen the middle class, and responsibly reduce the deficit."
In the Ryan-Republican budget, Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan repeats the failed proposals of the last two years and makes them worse. This Republican budget will result in two million fewer American jobs next year alone, decrease GDP 1.7 percent, and stall our nation's recovery. Even worse than the Romney tax plan, the Republican budget could raise taxes on middle class families with children by more than $3,000 per year to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy.
"The American people deserve better. I support a bipartisan solutions-based budgeting plan to reduce the deficit and strengthen the middle class, creating growth with jobs, cutting spending responsibly, increasing revenues for the wealthiest Americans, and reducing the deficit--but not on the backs of seniors and the middle class," Rush added.