April 10, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03) voted against Congressman Paul Ryan’s Tea Party-inspired budget, because it would harm our nation’s recovery, destroy jobs, and punish seniors and lower income Americans to reward millionaires, billionaires, and oil companies with more tax breaks. The bill passed the House of Representatives by a 219 to 205 vote, with almost every Republican Member of Congress voting for it and every Democrat voting against it.
“If enacted into law, this extreme Tea Party-inspired budget would wreck havoc on my district and communities across America,” said Congressman Garamendi. “Construction on levees in flood prone Sacramento Valley communities would be delayed. College students would shoulder even more debt. Agricultural researchers at UC Davis would see their groundbreaking work halted. Seniors in Rio Vista would see their health costs skyrocket. Struggling families in my district would see food, housing, and health care taken away from them.”
He added, “As our nation climbs out of a deep recession, this budget would kick us back down. It would eliminate the jobs of three million Americans by destroying engines of growth: education, research, and infrastructure. This budget increases hardship for the working and middle class while it presents millionaires, billionaires, and oil companies with massive tax breaks. These priorities are backwards. Let’s work together to develop a more thoughtful and foresighted plan.”
The Ryan Budget takes an axe to desperately needed services in Medicare and Medicaid. Under this budget, people 55 and under will be forced into a voucher coupon system as a replacement for traditional Medicare, subjecting future Medicare enrollees to many of the same flaws, vulnerabilities, and unscrupulous practices found in for-profit health insurance. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that this type of system would raise the cost of Medicare Part B premiums by 50 percent.