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Sires Opposes Irresponsible Republican Budget

Mar 26, 2015
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) - Yesterday, Congressman Sires voted against the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Republican Budget Resolution (H.Con.Res. 27) submitted by Representative Tom Price (R-GA) because of its misplaced priorities.  The Republican budget ends the Medicare guarantee, repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and guts investments in education and infrastructure.

"The misguided Republican budget fails to address the challenges facing hard-working families; instead, it provides tax breaks for special interests and the ultra-wealthy.  It slashes funding for programs that help put food on the table for millions of families by turning food stamps (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/SNAP) into a block grant program; makes it harder for students to go to college by cutting student loan programs and Pell Grants; and takes away quality, affordable health coverage from more than 16 million people who were previously uninsured," stated Congressman Sires.

Specifically, the Republican budget fails to lift the sequester on domestic discretionary spending in FY 2016 and slashes investments that are necessary to grow our economy, like education, infrastructure, and innovation.  In addition, it ends higher education tax credits and reduces the child tax credit in order to cut tax rates for millionaires.  H.Con.Res. 27 also ends the Medicare guarantee by turning Medicare into a voucher program and increasing costs for seniors.  Furthermore, the budget provides no solution to funding the current shortfall in the federal transportation fund, resulting in construction slowdowns that would begin this summer.

In contrast, Congressman Sires supported the Democratic Alternative Budget Resolution offered by Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) that focuses on putting Americans back to work by lifting the sequester and investing in transportation repair and modernization.  Additionally, the Democratic Alternative would close corporate tax loopholes and expand low and middle-income tax incentives while increasing education investments like early childhood education and Pell Grants.  Finally, the Democratic Alternative would preserve the Medicare guarantee, maintain Medicaid services for seniors, protect the ACA, and preserve SNAP.

"The Democratic proposal would protect the middle class, seniors, and low-income Americans while investing in our future.  Unfortunately, the budget plan passed by the Republicans is a disaster for seniors, families, and workers," stated Congressman Sires.