Larson on Ryan Budget
Washington - Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today on the recently proposed budget by House Republicans. The U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote on the proposal later this week.
"This week, the House will vote on a budget that guts services for our most vulnerable, breaks the promise of Medicare to our seniors and pushes higher education further out of reach for our students. Rather than work on legislation to help the American people, like reinstating unemployment benefits or helping close the pay gap, time will be spent on a budget whose misguided priorities will never be enacted.
“Both Republicans and Democrats understand that cutting services for our seniors, students and disadvantaged while increasing protections for the wealthiest among us is not the right direction for our nation or the economy. Yet, this politically-driven proposal ends Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher program, increases borrowing costs for higher education, raises taxes on the middle class and cuts billions from food assistance.
“I am committed to working across the aisle to maintain and grow the American middle class by protecting Medicare, lowering the cost of higher education and ending pay inequality for our minimum wage and women workers. This proposal drives Members apart when we should be coming together.”