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Congressman Sires’ Statement on the Passage of the Republican Budget

Oct 26, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires released the following statement in response to the disappointing passage of the Senate Amendment to the House Republican Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution by a vote of 216-212:

“This budget follows a pattern of partisan proposals that slash vital services to provide tax cuts for the wealthiest individuals and corporations.  It cuts Medicare, Medicaid, student loan programs, as well as investments in infrastructure, job training, and clean energy research and development.  Not only does this budget threaten our country’s economic growth and make it harder for the middle class to afford essential services, it creates a fast-track for the Ryan-McConnell tax plan to pass in the Senate.  If that tax plan were to pass, it would provide massive tax cuts to the wealthy while increasing base rates for middle-class families and is predicted to increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion over 10 years.  I am extremely disappointed that 216 of my colleagues have voted to prioritize the wealthiest over the needs of American families.”