Congressman Tim Ryan Issues Statement on Republican Budget

Apr 11, 2014 Issues: Helping Working Families

Congressman Tim Ryan issued the following statement today after voting against the Paul Ryan Republican budget:

“Today I voted against the Paul Ryan Republican budget which is a clear attack on the middle class, women, students, disadvantaged families, and the elderly. The Paul Ryan budget devastates education funding, pushing an estimated 170,000 vulnerable children out of Head Start, and eliminating $90 billion in mandatory Pell grant funding that is critical for the future of our youth.

“This budget also fails the most disadvantaged among us, including 200,000 women and children who would be dropped from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in 2016. At the same time, this budget raises taxes on middle class families with children by more than $2,000 to pay for tax breaks for millionaires. Seniors on fixed incomes would see the end of the Medicare guarantee and be forced to pay more for preventive services and prescription drugs.

“My fellow Democrats and I introduced a budget alternative that would create jobs, build new ladders of opportunity, and generate an economy that works for everyone. Our Democratic proposal stands in stark contrast with the broken priorities of the Republican budget. Democrats have not forgotten that emergency unemployment insurance has expired for over two million Americans still struggling to find work and I call on my Republican colleagues to bring a bill to the floor that will ease their burden.

“This Republican budget represents values that are completely out of touch with the needs of the American people. Attempting to reduce the deficit in this fashion is not only irresponsible, but dangerous to our economic recovery. The American people expect and deserve better.”